Suppose two medical treatments are being compared in a clinical trial for their effectiveness in treating a condition...

Gabriela on June 5, 2020

How is C different from D

I think they are both right? Can someone please explan why C is wrong. Thank you

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Victoria on June 6, 2020

Hi @Gabriela-Diaz,

Happy to help!

Answer choice (C) is incorrect because it jeopardizes both forms of equipoise.

Theoretical equipoise is jeopardized because the physicians have an opinion as to which treatment is more effective.

Clinical equipoise is jeopardized because of the explanation provided in the final paragraph. Clinical equipoise is made possible by the absence of consensus (lines 48 to 50) and clinical researchers must recognize this lack of consensus (lines 53 to 56). Clinical equipoise is jeopardized because there is a consensus within the expert clinical community; this would pose an ethical bar to participation in the trial because there is no honest division among experts based on their interpretations of the evidence (lines 44 to 47).

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