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Is placebo effect greater in adults than in children?

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by markjohconley, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

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    Is this a well known fact? Is the psychological factor more relevant in a subject who comprehends the purpose of an intervention? Anyone know?, thanks, mark
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  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    I do not know of any research, but I always BS'ing the Arenaette's with all sorts of scams to convince that there is nothing wrong with them - seems to work pretty well!
  4. Sarah B

    Sarah B Active Member

    At the risk of sounding argumentative and controversy-generating, I have a number of difficulties when considering 'placebo effect'.

    The first of which is: how do we define it? How can we be truly sure that our 'placebo' is not in some way influencing the outcome for that group?

    I don't mean the classic medical definition regarding an inert substance substitued for the active ingredient. When it comes to interventions, it becomes altogether more difficult to elucidate exactly what the placebo effect entails. Expecially considering the context in which clinical trials and studies are carried out - it may be the expression also of the complex relationship between the psychological and the physiological.

    I know that I may now sound like someone who espouses unusual and unvalidated clinical interventions - I'm far more main-stream that, in fact. But I cannot escape the feeling that when it comes to the placebo effect puzzle medical science is missing some of the pieces.

    When it comes to dealing with patients, I can see an ethical minefield in relation to using placebo as a therapeutic modality. Not that I don't think that placebo effect could be useful in managing many patients (not just children); but it could be hard to justify if asked to do so. Is it ethical to knowingly lie to patients about the nature and likely outcome of a course of action initiated by us?

    Of course, what you tell your own kids isn't subject to the same ethical scrutiny as one's clinical practice!

    Just my thoughts...

  5. Until they log on to PA and then your a dead man.
  6. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    I finally got it on video.
    I am sure it will come back to haunt me.

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  7. Ah Sarah, where have you been all my life. Great post.

    Adults and children are both highly suggestible, but in different ways. Magic spit is generally ineffective for adults in the same way as the perceived status of the medic has less impact on the less socialised child. To my mind, the effect is the same. The difference is the means of getting it.
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