Sometimes thinking you’re taking a medication, when in fact you’re not, can actually help you feel better. It’s called the “placebo effect,” and it’s being used more and more as a treatment option. But is it ethical for doctors to prescribe them? Join Trace and Laci as they weigh in on the placebo debate.
“‘Most family doctors’ have given a patient a placebo drug”
“Most family doctors have given a placebo to at least one of their patients, survey findings suggest.”
“Placebo Use in the United Kingdom: Results from a National Survey of Primary Care Practitioners”
“Surveys in various countries suggest 17% to 80% of doctors prescribe ‘placebos’ in routine practice, but prevalence of placebo use in UK primary care is unknown.”
“Prescribing “placebo treatments”: results of national survey of US internists and rheumatologists”
“To describe the attitudes and behaviours regarding placebo treatments, defined as a treatment whose benefits derive from positive patient expectations and not from the physiological mechanism of the treatment itself.”
“How the Placebo Effect Works”
“That’s the gist of the placebo effect. It’s what happens when a person takes a medication that he or she perceives will help, although it actually has no proven therapeutic effect for his or her particular condition.”
“Is Your Doctor Prescribing Placebos?”
“One of the most intriguing processes in medicine is the placebo effect: the healing power of a sham therapy, when it’s offered to patients with the suggestion that it will help.”
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