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2021 May 29

Eur J Pain

Placebo effects in low back pain; a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature.


van Lennep JPA, Trossèl F, Perez RSGM, Otten RHJ, van Middendorp H, Evers AWM, Szadek KM
Eur J Pain. 2021 May 29.
PMID: 34051018.


The current treatments of primary musculoskeletal low back pain (LBP) have a low to moderate efficacy, which might be improved by looking at the contribution of placebo effects. However, the size of true placebo effects in LBP is unknown. Therefore, a systematic review and meta-analysis were executed of randomized controlled trials investigating placebo effects in LBP.