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Human Studies

2020 Sep 21

Psychosom Med

Open- and closed-label placebo and nocebo suggestions about a sham transdermal patch.


Meeuwis SH, van Middendorp H, Lavrijsen APM, Veldhuijzen DS, Evers AWM
Psychosom Med. 2020 Sep 21.
PMID: 32969962.


Placebo effects may occur when it is known that an inert substance is given (i.e., open-label placebo). It is not yet clear whether these effects are similar to concealed (i.e. closed-label) placebo effects for itch, or whether nocebo effects can be induced under open-label conditions.