Do medical devices have enhanced placebo effects?

  title={Do medical devices have enhanced placebo effects?},
  author={Ted J. Kaptchuk and Paul Goldman and D{\'a}ith{\'i} A. Stone and William B. Stason},
  journal={Journal of clinical epidemiology},
  volume={53 8},
Although the placebo in a clinical trial is often considered simply a baseline against which to evaluate the efficacy of a clinical intervention, there is evidence that the magnitude of placebo effect may be a critical factor in determining the results of a trial. This article examines the question of whether devices have enhanced placebo effects and, if so, what the implications may be. While the evidence of an enhanced placebo effect remains rudimentary, it is provocative and therefore worthy… CONTINUE READING
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