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 ( 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 . . .


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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Any dummy medication or treatment. Although placebos originally were medicinal preparations having no specific pharmacological activity against a targeted condition, the concept has been extended to include treatments or procedures, especially those administered to control groups in clinical trials in order to provide baseline measurements for the experimental protocol.

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