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A discursive exploration of public perspectives on placebos and their effects

A discursive exploration of public perspectives on placebos and their effects
A discursive exploration of public perspectives on placebos and their effects
There is increasing evidence that placebos could be effective in clinical practice. However, knowledge of public perspectives on placebos is underdeveloped. We conducted a discourse analysis of internet comments on news articles related to placebos, aiming to improve this knowledge for clinicians and researchers. We developed two discursive constructs of the placebo. The dominant construct of the ‘placebo pill’ informs a paradoxical understanding of placebos that closes down treatment. The less-prevalent counter-discursive construct of the ‘treatment process’ frames placebos as potentially viable within modern evidence-based medicine. We discuss the opportunities and challenges of this alternative understanding of placebos.
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Hardman, Douglas, Iain
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Geraghty, Adam
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Howick, Jeremy
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Hardman, Douglas, Iain, Geraghty, Adam, Howick, Jeremy, Roberts, Nia and Bishop, Felicity (2019) A discursive exploration of public perspectives on placebos and their effects. Health Psychology Open, 6 (1), 1-9. (doi:10.1177/2055102919832313).

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There is increasing evidence that placebos could be effective in clinical practice. However, knowledge of public perspectives on placebos is underdeveloped. We conducted a discourse analysis of internet comments on news articles related to placebos, aiming to improve this knowledge for clinicians and researchers. We developed two discursive constructs of the placebo. The dominant construct of the ‘placebo pill’ informs a paradoxical understanding of placebos that closes down treatment. The less-prevalent counter-discursive construct of the ‘treatment process’ frames placebos as potentially viable within modern evidence-based medicine. We discuss the opportunities and challenges of this alternative understanding of placebos.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 February 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 428372
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428372
ISSN: 2055-1029
PURE UUID: 41e5c8fb-42f9-4d76-9b6c-1f452c7036b8
ORCID for Douglas, Iain Hardman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6717-2323
ORCID for Felicity Bishop: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8737-6662

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Date deposited: 22 Feb 2019 17:30
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:02

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