— When it comes to the medical care that we give to our patients, it’s important to know what we’re actually getting, says Dr. Steven Haggerty, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Georgia.
Haggerties study, published online Monday, finds that evidence-based treatments are better than placebo.
For instance, Haggerthys study found that if you gave patients with a serious medical condition a placebo or a form of therapy with a known mechanism of action, they did better than those who got a non-therapy treatment, such as a form that doesn’t contain the correct medications.
And when it comes time to treat a chronic illness, Haggths study found the benefits of evidence- based treatment were greater than those of a placebo.
The study looked at 1,071 patients, ages 30 to 59.
Researchers used the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to collect medical records from the people who visited the emergency room.
Patients with a history of medical illness or stroke were excluded.
The study also included people with a family history of mental illness or substance abuse, but the study didn’t include those who had recently had a mental health crisis.
The researchers looked at the patients’ symptoms and symptoms of their illnesses and physical symptoms, such a blood pressure or heart rate.
The symptoms of chronic diseases are known to be influenced by the number of medications a person is taking.
For example, when a person with high blood pressure is taking a medication, it may cause high blood sugar levels in their blood.
But if that same person had low blood pressure and had high blood glucose levels, they could get anemia.
To look at the health effects of the medications in a placebo-controlled trial, the researchers randomly assigned a group of people to receive a form or a control, and they then measured their symptoms and their symptoms of the disease.
Results showed that patients in the control group reported lower symptoms of all of the symptoms compared to those in the form treatment group, which also had lower symptoms.
However, those who were taking the placebo treatment reported significantly better outcomes than those in both groups.
Researchers also found that when patients with chronic illness were given a placebo, they were more likely to feel better and less anxious about the outcome of their treatment.
“When we look at patients, we’re trying to make a diagnosis and treat,” says Dr Haggerthy.
“If they don’t get better, that means something has gone wrong.”
The study also found some evidence that people who were given the placebo also reported greater quality of life.
They were less likely to get an infection and were less stressed, the study found.
However Haggerths study did not include those patients who were diagnosed with cancer.
It also found no evidence that the people in the placebo group who received a placebo were more vulnerable to certain diseases, such cancer, diabetes or high cholesterol.
So what does this all mean?
In addition to being able to measure the effects of a medication or therapy, the survey showed that the study participants were also able to answer questions about their health.
“These results can be used as a basis for making informed clinical decisions about what to give patients, what to do for them, and how to treat them,” says Hagger thys co-author Dr. Eric Shaver, who is an assistant professor of health systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Haggerthays study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The full study will be published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Read more about chronic diseases:Dr. Steven J. Haganty is an associate physician and director of the Center for Clinical Neurosciences at the National Institute of Mental Health.