College journal defends 'extraordinary' GP placebo prescribing study

The study has been widely condemned by GPs, including Dr Michael Tam

The Australian Journal of General Practice has defended publishing a paper that concluded GPs are commonly prescribing placebos to their patients, saying the paper was subject to its “rigorous editorial processes”.

Dr Michael Tam
Dr Michael Tam.

Conducted by researchers from UNSW Sydney and the University of Sydney, the study was an attempt to explore the beliefs of GPs about the efficacy as well as ethics of placebo prescribing.

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