Cosmos Briefing

What's the deal with placebo pills?

January 18, 2022 The Royal Institution of Australia
Cosmos Briefing
What's the deal with placebo pills?
Show Notes

Today, Cosmos journalist Ellen Phiddian reads a story that ran in Cosmos Weekly. It looks at placebos. Right now “Honest placebo pills” are on the market, but does the science support them? You can find the original article at https://cosmosmagazine.com/health/medicine/placebo-pills/. The two studies that the article reference are Maher et al., 2021, ‘Placebos in clinical care: a suggestion beyond the evidence’, Medical Journal of Australia, https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51230, and Faasse & Colagiuri, 2019, ‘Placebos in Australian general practice: A national survey of physician use, beliefs and attitudes’, Australian Journal of General Practice, https://doi.org/10.31128/AJGP-11-18-4755.

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