Relieving pain using dose-extending placebos: a scoping review.

  title={Relieving pain using dose-extending placebos: a scoping review.},
  author={Luana Colloca and Paul Enck and David Degrazia},
  volume={157 8},
Placebos are often used by clinicians, usually deceptively and with little rationale or evidence of benefit, making their use ethically problematic. In contrast with their typical current use, a provocative line of research suggests that placebos can be intentionally exploited to extend analgesic therapeutic effects. Is it possible to extend the effects of drug treatments by interspersing placebos? We reviewed a database of placebo studies, searching for studies that indicate that placebos… CONTINUE READING
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