ASCP Corner: Is the Problem of a High Placebo Response Unique to Antidepressant Trials?
J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(12):1979-1980
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Because this piece has no abstract, we have provided for your benefit the first 3 sentences of the full text.
Recent studies questioning the effectiveness of antidepressants
have received considerable attention in the mass media.
These articles report the difficulty in demonstrating superiority
of antidepressants over placebo among antidepressant trials.
Interestingly, placebo response also plays a significant role in
trials of other nonpharmacologic somatic treatments for depression
as well as treatments for many other chronic psychiatric
and nonpsychiatric illnesses; however, this does not seem to
have received similar attention.