Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Placebo reduces back pain—even when patients know they're taking placebo

For patients with chronic back pain, "open" treatment with placebo—informing patients that they are taking an inactive pill, and why it might be helpful—leads to reductions in pain and disability, reports a study in Pain. 
Previous studies have suggested that placebos can have "clinically meaningful benefits"—possibly reflecting "non-conscious processes" related to participating in a study and taking pills.

"This study is the first to demonstrate potential clinically significant benefits of open placebo treatment in chronic low back pain," according to the new research by Claudia Carvalho of ISPA-Instituto Universitário, Lisbon, and colleagues.

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