Placebo response in depression

@inproceedings{Sonawalla2002PlaceboRI,
  title={Placebo response in depression},
  author={Shamsah B. Sonawalla and Jerrold F. Rosenbaum},
  booktitle={Dialogues in clinical neuroscience},
  year={2002}
}
With its naturally fluctuating course, depression is a highly placebo-responsive condition: mean placebo response rates in antidepressant clinical trials are 30% to 40%. We review the history and terminology of placebo and the proposed mechanisms underlying the placebo response, including the physician-patient relationship and biological, sociocultural, and treatment situation factors. We identify the predictors and patterns of placebo response in depressed patients, both within and outside of… CONTINUE READING

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