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10/24/2008 03:51 AM ID: 74257 Permalink   

Study finds half of US doctors prescribe placebos


A recent survey found that about half of the doctors in the US often prescribe placebos for their patients. These placebos are usually drugs or vitamins that don't help.

The term placebo applies to any treatment that doesn't help the condition the patient seeks to fix. The "placebo effect" occurs when patients receive ineffective treatment, but recover anyway due to optimism.

An NIH survey found that 62% of doctors believe placebo treatment to be ethical. Only 5% of doctors tell their patients about the placebos. The American Medical Association recommends doctors fully disclose all information about treatment to patients

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  To be fair...  
This study consisted mostly of internists and rheumatologists. Another study is being done in regards to surgeons, pediatricians and medical specialists.
  by: Mr. Wright     10/24/2008 03:59 AM     
  @The American Medical Association  
If you fully disclose all information about the treatment to patients when the treatment is a placebo... IT WON'T WORK.
  by: tantryl   10/24/2008 05:34 AM     
Who makes the money? I pay money to health insurance, pay the co-pay for the visit, pay the co-pay for the prescription that does nothing for you.

  by: THISisNEWS   10/24/2008 05:42 AM     
  no involvement  
by the pharmaceutical companies, right?

yeah.... countless individuals are addicted to pills they don't need because of these greedy bastards. doctors, pharms, insurance.... bah, this is going to be a bad feeling. /end
  by: calilac     10/24/2008 06:14 AM     
Exactly my first thought. The power of placebos are great, but I will bet dollars to doughnuts that you still get charged the same price for the placebo as you would the real thing.
  by: Rislone   10/25/2008 02:10 AM     
  What's being overlooked  
Let's say a doctor has one patient out of 100 he prescribes a placebo for. That puts him in the 50%. Hardly the same as if half the pills he prescibed were placebos.

You also have to remember the people with imaginary ills. You give tham imaginary pills rather than something which may have side effects.
  by: biggfredd   10/25/2008 05:31 AM     
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