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Moving from empirically supported treatment lists to practice guidelines in psychotherapy: the role of the placebo concept.
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PMID:  15827997     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of placebos is the "gold standard" in studies of investigational drugs, and of other medical procedures as well. Several recent trends have suggested the use of placebos in studies of psychotherapy to isolate effective treatment components, and as a basis for establishing lists of empirically supported treatments. Unlike within the domain of medicine, in which the logic of placebos is relatively straightforward, the concept of placebo as applied to psychotherapy is fraught with both conceptual and practical problems. The evidence-based practice of psychotherapy can best be promoted through the development of practice guidelines, for which psychotherapy placebos are unnecessary. Moreover, even if problems associated with psychological placebos could be overcome, they are not necessary in psychotherapy research.
James D Herbert; Brandon A Gaudiano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical psychology     Volume:  61     ISSN:  0021-9762     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-08     Completed Date:  2005-10-20     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217132     Medline TA:  J Clin Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  893-908     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Empirical Research*
Guidelines as Topic*
Mental Disorders / therapy*
Placebo Effect
Psychotherapy / methods*

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