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Meaningful Placebos - Controlling the Uncontrollable.

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Summary of "Meaningful Placebos - Controlling the Uncontrollable."

In this issue of the Journal, Wechsler et al.(1) report data from a study that compared four interventions involving patients with asthma (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT01143688). They found that three of the interventions - active albuterol, sham albuterol, and sham acupuncture - were all equally effective in controlling asthma symptoms, as judged by patient-reported improvement. In contrast, lung function was improved only in those given active albuterol, as measured by an increase in the forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV(1)). The fourth intervention was "no treatment," in which patients were told to wait for several hours and then . . .

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From the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn.

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Name: The New England journal of medicine
ISSN: 1533-4406
Pages: 171-172

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