Placebos dans la pratique clinique: un aperçu éthique

Translated title of the contribution: Placebos in clinical practice: an ethical overview

M. Annoni, F. G. Miller

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The use of placebos in clinical settings raises a host of important ethical issues. On the one hand, ethical guidelines tend to categorically prohibit the clinical use of placebos because they require deception. On the other hand, a growing series of empirical studies has revealed that placebos can be clinically effective and are still widely used by health professionals. In this article we provide a synthetic overview of the ethical debate discussing: 1) the ethics of deceptive placebos; 2) the ethics of placebos without deception, and 3) the ethics of eliciting placebo responses without administering a traditional placebo.

Translated title of the contributionPlacebos in clinical practice: an ethical overview
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)215-220
Number of pages6
JournalDouleur et Analgesie
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Clinical medicine
  • Deception
  • Ethics
  • Open-label placebos
  • Placebo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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