New survey says it’s common for American doctors to prescribe placebos.
During your next visit to the doctor’s office, if you’re handed a script, you might think about quizzing your physician before heading off to the pharmacy.
About half of the American doctors who responded to a recent survey reported prescribing placebos to their patients on a regular basis. Released last week by BMJ, a respected medical journal, the study questioned internists and rheumatologists.
Here’s a look at some of the results:
Prescribes placebos regularly:
46-58 percent (depending on how the question was asked)
Believe the practice is ethical:
Reported using saline or sugar pills:
2 percent and 3 percent (respectively)
Reported prescribing analgesics:
Reported prescribing vitamins:
Reported prescribing antibiotics:
Reported prescribing sedatives:
For more on this study, visit www.bmj.com.