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BBC: 'Most family doctors' have given a patient a placebo drug

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Firestormm, Mar 21, 2013.

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    Thanks wbd, that was a good podcast, which helps clarify the poll: on the podcast they say that 97% of doctors have prescribed a placebo once or more in their career, but the definition of placebos included "positive suggestions" given to the patient, and drugs used off-label. So given this very broad definition of a "placebo", it is not surprising that so many doctors have given a "placebo" at least once in their career.

    But in terms of the normal definition of a placebo (ie, a sugar pill given to a patient), only 12% of doctors have given these once or more in their career, and only 1% of doctors use these on a regular basis.
     
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