Talk:False placebo

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Is anyone actually using this term? And how widespread it is?--ZooGuard (talk) 18:15, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

google only gets me "false placebo effect" - something thought to be a placebo effect but is actually not. Or something. Nothing about the sense that it's used in here. SophieWilder 18:40, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
SkepDic uses "false placebo", the Science-Based Medicine blog says "placebo effects".--Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 18:46, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
And do they really define it as "a non-placebo factor that appears to cause an improvement of a disease"? Such a definition would cover all kinds of treatments like antibiotics & chemotherapy. WëäŝëïöïďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 23:39, 18 September 2015 (UTC)


Doesn't malaria have a notoriously high false negative rate on even the most reliable tests, especially after initial treatment has already been administered? Abundance of caution would suggest treating patients if they've had any positive markers at any point. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 18:55, 22 May 2019 (UTC)