Science, Ethics, and Deception: A Study of Medications, Placebos, and Labeling in Acute Episodic Migraine

March 20, 2019

When:
March 29, 2019 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
2019-03-29T12:30:00-04:00
2019-03-29T14:00:00-04:00
Where:
Harvard Medical School, Countway Library, Minot Room
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA 02115
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics
617-432-2571

This month, Professor Ted Kaptchuk will present the results of a randomized control trial for patients with acute episodic migraines. The trial, conducted at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provided a medication and an identical-appearing placebo intervention with the goal of assessing how medication labeling might modify their effects. In addition to raising familiar ethical issues around the use and study of placebos, this trial provoked significant ethical debate because it also involved deception.

 

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