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placebo-controlled trial

The use of placebo in a trial of rectal artesunate as initial treatment for severe malaria patients en route to referral clinics: ethical issues

February 15, 2010 - 12:14 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Andrew Kitua, Peter Folb, Melba Gomes et al.
Reference: 
J. Med. Ethics. 2010; 36:116-120

Placebo-controlled trials are controversial when individuals might be denied existing beneficial medical interventions. In the case of malaria, most patients die in rural villages without healthcare facilities.

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