'Greater placebo effect' with more expensive Parkinson's drugs

January 29, 2015 8:09 AM

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"Patients' expectations play an important role in the effectiveness of their treatments, and the placebo effect has been well documented, especially in people with Parkinson's disease," explains study author Dr. Alberto Espay.

"We wanted to see if the people's perceptions of the cost of the drug they received would affect the placebo response," adds Dr. Espay, fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and associate professor of neurology at the UC Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cincinnati, OH.

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