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# Ethicist- Studies have documented the capacity of placebos

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Ethicist- Studies have documented the capacity of placebos [#permalink]  26 Aug 2006, 15:16
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Ethicist- Studies have documented the capacity of placebos to reduce pain in patients who belive that they are receiving beneficial drugs. Some doctors say that they administer placebos because medically ineffective treatment reinforced by the placebo effect sometimes helps patients recover faster than good treatment alone . But administering placebos is nonetheles ethically questionable, for even if a placebo benefits a patient, a doctor might, for example, have prescribed it just to give the patient satisfaction that something was being done.

The ethicist's argument depends on which one of the following assumptions?

(A) A patient's psychological satisfaction is not a consideration in administering medical treatment
(B) The motivation for administering a placebo can be relevant to the ethical justification for doing so
(C) Medical treatment that relies on the placebo effect alone is ethically indefensible
(D) The pain relief produced by the placebo effect justifies the deception involved in administering a placebo
(E) Administering a placebo is not ethically justified if that treatment is not prescribed by a Dr.

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Re: CR- Placebo Ethicist [#permalink]  26 Aug 2006, 22:48
heman wrote:
Ethicist- Studies have documented the capacity of placebos to reduce pain in patients who belive that they are receiving beneficial drugs. Some doctors say that they administer placebos because medically ineffective treatment reinforced by the placebo effect sometimes helps patients recover faster than good treatment alone . But administering placebos is nonetheles ethically questionable, for even if a placebo benefits a patient, a doctor might, for example, have prescribed it just to give the patient satisfaction that something was being done.

The ethicist's argument depends on which one of the following assumptions?

(A) A patient's psychological satisfaction is not a consideration in administering medical treatment ---> 180 NOPE
(B) The motivation for administering a placebo can be relevant to the ethical justification for doing so ---> Conservatively phrased and within context, Yep!
(C) Medical treatment that relies on the placebo effect alone is ethically indefensibl---> Extreme NOPE
(D) The pain relief produced by the placebo effect justifies the deception involved in administering a placebo ---> Off topic NOPE
(E) Administering a placebo is not ethically justified if that treatment is not prescribed by a Dr. ---> HAHA!! Ridiculous answer choice NOPE

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I'm on (B) here in under 90 seconds.

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Re: CR- Placebo Ethicist [#permalink]  27 Aug 2006, 00:12
heman wrote:
Ethicist- Studies have documented the capacity of placebos to reduce pain in patients who belive that they are receiving beneficial drugs. Some doctors say that they administer placebos because medically ineffective treatment reinforced by the placebo effect sometimes helps patients recover faster than good treatment alone . But administering placebos is nonetheles ethically questionable, for even if a placebo benefits a patient, a doctor might, for example, have prescribed it just to give the patient satisfaction that something was being done.

The ethicist's argument depends on which one of the following assumptions?

(A) A patient's psychological satisfaction is not a consideration in administering medical treatment
(B) The motivation for administering a placebo can be relevant to the ethical justification for doing so
(C) Medical treatment that relies on the placebo effect alone is ethically indefensible
(D) The pain relief produced by the placebo effect justifies the deception involved in administering a placebo
(E) Administering a placebo is not ethically justified if that treatment is not prescribed by a Dr.

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Heman

A - \$
B - Right, the motive of a doctor is always to cure his patient. So are placebos to replace medicines? Out.
C - This simply restates the argument. Out
D - Contrary to the argument.
E - Out of scope. Discussion is entirely around prescriptions by doctors.
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[#permalink]  27 Aug 2006, 02:37
Hey .. shouldn't it be A ..
The assumption of ethicist is that the psychological satisfaction of patient should not be a consideration in prescribing him/her the medicine.
Based on this assumption only, he finds the prescription against ehics.

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[#permalink]  27 Aug 2006, 05:09
(A) A patient's psychological satisfaction is not a consideration in administering medical treatment
My choice.
(B) The motivation for administering a placebo can be relevant to the ethical justification for doing so
That is what the argument claims. It is not an assumption.
(C) Medical treatment that relies on the placebo effect alone is ethically indefensible
Out of scope/irrelevant
(D) The pain relief produced by the placebo effect justifies the deception involved in administering a placebo
Out of scope/irrelevant
(E) Administering a placebo is not ethically justified if that treatment is not prescribed by a Dr.
Out of scope/irrelevant
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[#permalink]  27 Aug 2006, 11:02
anandsebastin wrote:
(A) A patient's psychological satisfaction is not a consideration in administering medical treatment
My choice.
(B) The motivation for administering a placebo can be relevant to the ethical justification for doing so
That is what the argument claims. It is not an assumption.
(C) Medical treatment that relies on the placebo effect alone is ethically indefensible
Out of scope/irrelevant
(D) The pain relief produced by the placebo effect justifies the deception involved in administering a placebo
Out of scope/irrelevant
(E) Administering a placebo is not ethically justified if that treatment is not prescribed by a Dr.
Out of scope/irrelevant

would agree with anand. A is the answer.
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[#permalink]  28 Aug 2006, 19:33
I select B..

OA?
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[#permalink]  28 Aug 2006, 19:43
(A) A patient's psychological satisfaction is not a consideration in administering medical treatment

Conclusion: Prescribing medication should not be based on the satisfaction of the patient. In that sense, it is unethical...

Confusing one for me...
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[#permalink]  28 Aug 2006, 19:58
OA-B
No OE available.

I myself picked A. Gmat73 can you elaborate between A & B.

Thanx

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[#permalink]  29 Aug 2006, 10:59
Late But B. I'm happy that I picked the right one.
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