Placebo Pain Medication: Ethical and Legal Issues
Rushton, Cindy Hylton
Pediatric Nursing. 1995 Mar-Apr; 21(2): 166-168.
The unconsented use of placebo pain medicine raises numerous ethical and legal issues. Generally, the use of placebo for the assessment of pain is unjustified. Nurses who are asked to participate in placebo pain medication must be knowledgeable of the ethical and legal ramifications of their actions.
Adolescents; Autonomy; Behavior Disorders; Conscience; Consent; Deception; Disclosure; Drugs; Informed Consent; Intention; Legal Aspects; Medical Records; Medicine; Minors; Nurse Patient Relationship; Nurses; Pain; Parental Consent; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Patient Participation; Physicians; Placebos; Psychological Stress; Records; Risks and Benefits; Sickle Cell Anemia; Whistleblowing;
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