Thursday, 3 November 2011

Survey results: placebo effect

"I am surprised by this result; this means that the respondents of this survey accept that the placebo effect can explain the perceived benefits of unlicensed therapies."

"This is exactly the reason why we (clinical scientists) need results from blinded, randomised, controlled trials to establish that a treatment works. It also explains why we are so sceptical about treatment claims when the evidence is not based on these standards."

"The question I ask is why should non-scientists or MS'ers accept lower standards of evidence, particularly if they understand the scientific process? The most important first step in this direction is accepting and understanding the placebo effect! This survey demonstrates that."

"Thank you!"

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