Journal article

Placebo Surgery Controlled Trials Do They Achieve What They Set Out To Do? A Systematic Review

Samantha Bunzli, Emma Choong, Cade Shadbolt, Laura Wall, Elizabeth Nelson, Chris Schilling, Helen Wilding, L Stefan Lohmander, Zsolt J Balogh, Francesco Paolucci, Philip Clarke, Peter FM Choong, Michelle M Dowsey

ANNALS OF SURGERY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore whether placebo surgery controlled trials achieve what they set out to do by investigating discrepancy between projected and actual design aspects of trials identified through systematic review methods. SUMMARY BACKGROUND: Interest in placebo surgery controlled trials is growing in response to concerns regarding unnecessary surgery and the societal cost of low-value healthcare. As questions about the justifiability of using placebo controls in surgery have been addressed, attention is now being paid to more practical concerns. METHODS: Six databases were searched from inception - May 2020 (MEDLINE, Embase, Emcare, APA PsycInfo, CINAHL, Cochrane Library). Placebo surgery..

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