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A discursive exploration of public perspectives on placebos and their effects.

Hardman, D. I., Geraghty, A. W. A., Howick, J., Roberts, N. and Bishop, F. L., 2019. A discursive exploration of public perspectives on placebos and their effects. Health Psychology Open, 6 (1), 1-9.

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DOI: 10.1177/2055102919832313

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2055-1029
Uncontrolled Keywords:communication; critical health psychology; illness perception; internet; placebo
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33109
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:03 Dec 2019 13:05
Last Modified:04 Dec 2019 09:46

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