Illusion of control

robert bell rmsbell200 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Apr 2 20:34:08 UTC 2016


Dear Xavier,

Could the therapeutic illusion be “real” if the placebo effect was stronger in some patients than others?

Also, one would also suspect that certain ineffective treatments themselves would have a greater perceived value by some patients than other treatments.

And certain providers may be better placebo producers than others?

Isn’t it the placebo effect that drives the $14.4 billion alternative medicine market?

Rob
> On Apr 2, 2016, at 5:23 AM, Xavier Prida <dr.xavier.prida at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
>> Publication of interest to the society- "The Science of Choosing Wisely-
>> Overcoming the Therapeutic Illusion".
>> Although framed by the context of "therapeutic illusion", this readily
>> translates to "diagnostic illusion"- the cognitive bias of illusion of
>> control. Perhaps, best embodied behaviorally by overconfidence.
>> 
>> 
> http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1516803 <http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1516803>. 
>> 
>> 
> 
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