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1328338.  Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:54 pm Reply with quote


I was wondering if I could get a reference for the bit in season I episode 9 where it says

“Nobody knows how placebo sugar pills work, but they definitely do work, even when you tell the patient that it is a placebo. It is also shown that the more pills you take the better the condition gets and a fake injection is better than taking the pills. Andy gets the bonus”

Ide very much like to read this study and reference it in a piece of work for my nursing degree.



1328339.  Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:38 pm Reply with quote

Hi Luke.

I'm a kind of hanger on with the QI research team, and I've been through the I Series research notes and found the source for the assertion that Stephen made there.

It came from some research carried out in the US on patients with IBS, and you can read the entire paper online here. It's a peer-reviewed journal, so certainly appropriate to cite in degree level work.

Hope this helps!

1328355.  Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:30 am Reply with quote

Less academic, but still a damn good read on the topic is Ben Goldacre's Bad Science.


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