Parental Attitudes About Placebo Use in Children

Faria, Vanda and Kossowsky, Joe and Petkov, Mike P. and Kaptchuk, Ted J. and Kirsch, Irving and Lebel, Alyssa and Borsook, David. (2016) Parental Attitudes About Placebo Use in Children. Journal of Pediatrics, 181. pp. 272-278.

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To assess parental attitudes regarding placebo use in pediatric randomized controlled trials and clinical care.; Parents with children under age 18 years living in the US completed and submitted an online survey between September and November 2014.; Among all 1300 participants, 1000 (76.9%; 538 mothers and 462 fathers) met the study inclusion criteria. The majority of surveyed parents considered the use of placebos acceptable in some pediatric care situations (86%) and some pediatric trials (91.5%), whereas only 5.7% of parents found the use of placebos in children always unacceptable. The clinical use of placebo was considered acceptable by a majority of parents for only 7 (mostly psychological) of the 17 conditions presented. Respondents' judgment about acceptability was influenced by the doctors' opinions about the therapeutic benefits of placebo treatment, the conditions for pediatric placebo use, transparency, safety, and purity of placebos.; Most surveyed parents accepted the idea of using placebos in pediatric trials and within the clinic for some conditions without the practice of deception and with the creation of guidelines for ethical and safe use. This study suggests a need to reconsider pediatric trial design and clinical therapy in the light of generally positive parental support of appropriate placebo use.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Health & Intervention > Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Gaab)
UniBasel Contributors:Kossowsky, Joe
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:08 Nov 2018 13:44
Deposited On:30 Oct 2017 09:08

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