The sham dilemma

Kelly M. Willenberg ( is President and CEO of Kelly Willenberg, LLC in Chesnee, SC.

In December 2004, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine explored the questions around sham procedures. “Trained to perform invasive interventions only for the medical benefit of patients, [clinicians/investigators] find themselves administering fake procedures. Moreover, they must manipulate the performance so as to create a false belief in patient-subjects that a real procedure is being administered—a deception that may have to be maintained in follow-up visits.”[1]

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