Researchers at Columbia University and Queens College reviewed 10 trials of antidepressants that used wait-listed controls in order to determine the contribution of spontaneous improvement to a positive placebo response. They determined that of a significant number of the 340 subjects improved “acutely” without treatment, but that the improvements did not in themselves account for the magnitude of the placebo response. Results will appear in an upcoming Journal of Psychiatric Research.
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