[LINK] Re: Double Blind Trials (Was to do with EMF)
kim.holburn at gmail.com
Fri Jan 12 17:58:06 AEDT 2007
On 2007/Jan/12, at 12:25 AM, Stewart Fist wrote:
> The reason why double blind trial are used, is not because of the
> effect, but because it is vitally important to rule out overt and
> influence in recording the results by the investigator.
> It is a problem of the 'witness' not the patient. It is well known
> investigators who believe in the efficacy of a new drug will either
> consciously/deliberately or unconsciously err on the side of recording
> positive results.
> Blind trials exist to stop this trend.
I hadn't thought about it quite like that. Do you think then, that
the placebo effect is just a virtual effect for the purposes of drug
testing and not something that's really happening at all?
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