AcademyHealth: Ethical quandaries in placebo prescribing

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/1ziiv0N on February 26, 2015 at 05:43PM


If driven by belief in a positive outcome, the placebo effect would seem to require deceit. After all, if one knows one is taking a sugar pill, why should one think anything good would happen? And yet, at least two studies suggest non-deceiving placebos are possible. I discuss them in my latest AcademyHealth post. @afrakt