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Placebo effects are weak: We argue that most improvements attributed to the placebo effect are actually instances of statistical regression.
I was in my second undergraduate year when it appeared. This number got embedded in pharmacological folk-lore. He also mentioned that the relief provided by placebo was greatest in patients who were most ill.
Consider the common experiment in which a new treatment is compared with a placebo, in a double-blind randomised controlled trial RCT. The responses seen in the group of patients that are treated with placebo arise from two quite different processes. One is the genuine psychosomatic placebo effect.
This effect gives genuine though small benefit to the patient. The other contribution comes from the get-better-anyway effect. This is a statistical artefact and it Patrick henry fallacy no benefit whatsoever to patients.
There is now increasing evidence that the latter effect is much bigger than the former. How can you distinguish between real placebo effects and get-better-anyway effect? The only way to measure the size of genuine placebo effects is to compare in an RCT the effect of a dummy treatment with the effect of no treatment at all.
However, in certain settings placebo interventions can influence patient-reported outcomes, especially pain and nausea, though it is difficult to distinguish patient-reported effects of placebo from biased reporting.
In a non-blind comparison of acupuncture and no acupuncture, the responses were essentially indistinguishable despite what the authors and the journal said. In most cases it is so small that it would be barely perceptible to most patients.
Regression to the mean is a potent source of deception The get-better-anyway effect has a technical name, regression to the mean. It has been understood since Francis Galton described it in see Senn, for the history.
It is a statistical phenomenon, and it can be treated mathematically see references, below. The Art of the Soluble: Creativity and originality in science. This is illustrated beautifully by measurements made by McGorry et al.
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