The Placebo Effect in Alternative Medicine: Can the Performance of a Healing Ritual Have Clinical Significance?

  title={The Placebo Effect in Alternative Medicine: Can the Performance of a Healing Ritual Have Clinical Significance?},
  author={T. Kaptchuk},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  • T. Kaptchuk
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Efficacious therapy, in one biomedical definition, is therapy that has positive effects greater than those of an indistinguishable dummy treatment in a randomized, controlled trial (RCT) (1-3). Such specific efficacy is actually a comparative measure: intervention contrasted with placebo. This relative effectiveness, which is estimated by statistical testing, is taken to indicate authenticity. The clinical significance, that is, the outcome measured by using the patient's original condition as… CONTINUE READING
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