Placebos have a reputation problem. It is widely believed they are only effective when those taking them are deceived into thinking they are taking real drugs. As such, prescribing dummy or fake treatments is unethical... A review of five studies, involving 260 patients, published last month found that “open-label” placebos – those that patients know contain no active medication – can improve symptoms in a range of conditions...Note the term "open label," indicating that the placebos are described as such when given to the patient. More at The Guardian.
Last month, his group published a review of previous research that has compared the effects of giving patients open-label placebos with no treatment.
24 May 2017
"Can I get a refill on these placebos?"
Physicians and nurses have known for decades that placebos can generate an observable beneficial therapeutic response. A recent report offers confirmation: