Randomised controlled trials using invasive ‘placebo’ controls are unethical and should be excluded from Cochrane Reviews
The use of invasive placebo controls in clinical trials is a contentious issue. In an editorial published in the June issue of The Cochrane Library, Allan Cyna and colleagues from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, describe why they think trials using invasive placebos should be excluded from Cochrane Reviews. This editorial is read by Rachel Marshall at the Cochrane Editorial Unit on behalf of the authors.
Read the Editorial here