Harvard Medical School http://nhpr.org en Understanding The Placebo Effect http://nhpr.org/post/understanding-placebo-effect <p>When it comes to measuring the placebo effect, which works better: fake acupuncture or fake pills? Researchers have recently redefined the role of the placebo, from a nuisance variable that needed to be controlled in clinical trials, to bona fide&nbsp;contributor to the improvement of patient outcomes.</p><p><strong>Ted Kaptchuk</strong>, Associate Professor of Medicine&nbsp;at Harvard and Director of the&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://programinplacebostudies.org/" target="_blank">Program in Placebo Studies</a> and the Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, joins us to share his findings.</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:16:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21297 at http://nhpr.org Understanding The Placebo Effect