Some docs say placebo pills may help patients

pills-genericNearly all doctors in the UK have given their patients a placebo, either to keep them happy or to reassure them.

Researchers surveyed a random sample of doctors online and received nearly 800 responses.

They report 12 percent of the doctors have given what’s known as “pure” placebos, like sugar pills.

97 percent have given drugs that have medicinal value but are unproven in the illness they’re given for.

The researchers say the doctors clearly believed the placebos could help the patients.

 

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