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Research Methods by Research Methods by Example: Example: The Placebo Effect The Placebo Effect PSC 126 PSC 126 Day 3 Day 3
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FAQ’s about placebos: FAQ’s about placebos: 1. 1. What is a placebo? What is a placebo? Any sort of inert treatment whose therapeutic Any sort of inert treatment whose therapeutic effect is not specific for the disease or effect is not specific for the disease or symptom it is used to treat symptom it is used to treat 2. 2. What is the placebo effect/response? What is the placebo effect/response? The amount of actual improvement in illness The amount of actual improvement in illness that comes from expectation that comes from expectation
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FAQ’s (cont.) FAQ’s (cont.) 3.   3.   Why are placebos used in medical Why are placebos used in medical research? research? To determine what part of a medication’s To determine what part of a medication’s effect is specific to the drug and what part of effect is specific to the drug and what part of the benefit is psychological the benefit is psychological 4. 4. How effective are placebos? How effective are placebos? On average, 35%, but as high as 75% On average, 35%, but as high as 75%
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Placebo: “I shall please”, from Latin A substance provided to a patient that a physician believes has no specific pharmacological effect upon the condition being treated
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FAQ’s (cont.) FAQ’s (cont.) 5. 5.       For what conditions are placebos effective? For what conditions are placebos effective? Angina, common cold, arthritis, anxiety,
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2011 for the course PSC 126 taught by Professor Capitanio during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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