A surprisingly popular practice

May 2013   Comments

A recent study in the U.K. found that physicians prescribe placebos more frequently than patients might think.

Researchers surveyed 783 general practitioners on whether they prescribed placebos, which were classified as either pure (medications with no active ingredients, such as sugar pills) or impure (such as non-essential diagnostic tests and medications that are not effective for the condition). Ninety-seven per cent of respondents had prescribed impure placebos; 12 per cent had prescribed pure placebos.

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