Indifference of subjects: An alternative to equipoise in randomized clinical trials

Social Philosophy and Policy 19 (2):295-323 (2002)
The physician who upholds the Hippocratic oath is supposed to be loyal to his or her patients. This requires choosing only the therapy that the physician believes is best for the patient. However, knowing what is best requires randomized clinical trials. Thus, clinicians must be willing to recruit their patients to be assigned at random to one of two therapies in order to determine which is best based on the highest standards of pharmacological science
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DOI 10.1017/S0265052502192120
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Robert M. Veatch (2006). Why Researchers Cannot Establish Equipoise. American Journal of Bioethics 6 (4):55 – 57.

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