Placebos for Pain Management in Patients with Cancer

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ANA Position Statement - 12/1996

The position of The Oncology Nursing Society and endordes by ANA is that: Placebos should not be used 1) to assess or manage cancer pain, 2) to determine if the pain is "real," or 3) to diagnose psychological symptoms, such as anxiety associated with pain. Nurses should not administer placebos in these circumstances even if there is a medical order.

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