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Placebo Surgery Raises Effectiveness Questions

Posted by crimsonlanguage on 2013/12/26

In a surprising Finnish study, a fake (placebo) surgical procedure was shown to be as good as real surgery at reducing pain associated with a torn meniscus. The full story in the WSJ is available here.

Beyond the surprise and interest factor of the study, it also points to the ongoing interest in comparative effectiveness research. Device makers should be prepared to demonstrate effectiveness of their products – even if, historically, it hasn’t been questioned. Said Teppo Järvinen, one of the studies authors, “Doctors have a bad tendency to confuse what they believe with what they know.”



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