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STUDY OF THE VIEWS ON PLACEBO AND ITS USE IN THE PEDIATRIC MEDICAL AND NURSING PRACTICE

Bedoor H. Al Qadrah*, Abdulla Al-Sayyari


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  "description": "<p><strong><em>Background: </em></strong><em>The utilization of placebos intervention in clinical practice is generally controversial. This study aims to evaluate the use, knowledge, and attitudes about placebos among pediatric doctors and nurses. </em></p>\n\n<p><strong><em>Method: </em></strong><em>A survey-based cross-sectional study was used consisting of 19 questions, including prescribing frequency, type of placebo, indications, perceived effect, and ethical concerns associated with the use of placebos. </em></p>\n\n<p><strong><em>Result: </em></strong><em>Eighty-nine (29.5%) respondents prescribed placebos. The commonest placebo was saline infusion (16.6%). The commonest reason for prescribing placebos was to calm the patient and to stop him complaining (39.1%). Of the participants (83.8%) believed &ldquo;placebos have therapeutic effects&rdquo;. 81.5% thought that its effect was psychological. Two-thirds felt that placebo should only be used selectively and 6% of thought that its use should always be permitted. 57.7% of doctors and 32% of nurses (P=0) think the patient should not know about the placebo. </em></p>\n\n<p><strong><em>Conclusion: </em></strong><em>Research about the use of placebo in clinical practice is still insignificant, particularly from the Middle East and in Saudi Arabia. In our study, nearly one-third of the respondents use placebos in clinical practice, which is lower than reported elsewhere. The vast majority felt that placebos are &ldquo;sometimes effective&rdquo; and a very small percentage believed that placebo prescription should be always permitted.</em></p>\n\n<p><strong><em>Keywords: </em></strong><em>Placebo, pediatrics, ethical concerns, physicians, nurses </em></p>", 
  "license": "https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode", 
  "creator": [
    {
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Bedoor H. Al Qadrah*, Abdulla Al-Sayyari"
    }
  ], 
  "headline": "STUDY OF THE VIEWS ON PLACEBO AND ITS USE IN THE PEDIATRIC MEDICAL AND NURSING PRACTICE", 
  "image": "https://zenodo.org/static/img/logos/zenodo-gradient-round.svg", 
  "datePublished": "2022-07-18", 
  "url": "https://zenodo.org/record/6854548", 
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  "identifier": "https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6854548", 
  "@id": "https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6854548", 
  "@type": "ScholarlyArticle", 
  "name": "STUDY OF THE VIEWS ON PLACEBO AND ITS USE IN THE PEDIATRIC MEDICAL AND NURSING PRACTICE"
}
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