Many Doctors Don’t Tell Patients About Placebo Prescriptions

October 27, 2008

Researchers have published a new study in the British Medical Journal which ahs shown that many doctors do not tell patients that they are prescriving placebos to them......Washington (ChattahBox) – Researchers have published a new study in the British Medical Journal which has shown that many doctors do not tell patients that they are prescribing placebos to them.

According to recommendations by the American Medical Association, doctors are supposed to have consent from patients before they go ahead with prescriptions.

Instead though, many doctors are giving patients plaebos in the form of a painkiller, vitamin, sugar pill, or sedative.

The whole idea is known as the placebo effect, to try and make the patients think they are getting hely psychologically.

The study was carried out by the U.S. National Institutes of Health via a survey of 679 doctors in the U.S.

62% of those who responded stated that they believed this was an acceptable practice.

70% confirmed that they told patients the placebos were potentially beneficial medicine.

Only 5% actually revealed to patients that the drugs were placebos.


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