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- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Health, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
- When used as a noun, placebo means a treatment that lacks any specific therapeutic effect. In the case of a drug, a placebo would be an agent that lacks any pharmacological effect. In the case of a procedure, a placebo would be one that lacks any specific anatomical or physiological effect. Nevertheless, in other respects a placebo has all of the features of an intervention that should work. When used as an adjective, placebo occurs in two forms: the placebo effect, and the placebo response. Placebo effect is the presumed or perceived effect that a placebo has on an individual. Placebo response is what the individual reports after having been administered a placebo, and is ostensibly due to the placebo effect. Essentially, a placebo is not supposed to work. Any effect or response that it evokes is, therefore, paradoxical. The resultant paradox is difficult to handle in clinical practice. Consequently, placebo is a commonly misunderstood concept that is subject to abuse, misinterpretation, and myths.
- Interventional Spine: an Algorithmic Approach p. 203-205
- Saunders Elsevier
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- book chapter