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What is placebo therapy?

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Dr. Marsha Nunley
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Placebo therapy

The placebo effect is when the person believes the agent they are receiving is effective even if the agent is a placebo or inert substance.
The placebo effect accounts for 30% of a positive response in research trials so if the agent is only 30% effective that's no better than chance. One might say placebo is hope or that the power of the mind seems to play a significant role in outcome.

In brief: Placebo therapy

The placebo effect is when the person believes the agent they are receiving is effective even if the agent is a placebo or inert substance.
The placebo effect accounts for 30% of a positive response in research trials so if the agent is only 30% effective that's no better than chance. One might say placebo is hope or that the power of the mind seems to play a significant role in outcome.
Dr. Marsha Nunley
Dr. Marsha Nunley
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