Australian doctors admit they give patients ‘active placebos’ — real drugs that won’t help – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-02/australian-gps-doctors-admit-prescribing-placebo-drugs/11746128

  • 77 per cent of doctors reported giving ‘active placebos’ — drugs that are
    real but aren’t used to address the underlying condition
  • 39 per cent of doctors give ‘inactive placebos’ — fake drugs, like sugar pills
  • GPs report using placebos because they believe they have genuine psychological benefits