[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150104026]
Researchers Dr Ben Colagiuri; Prof Ann Louise Sharpe
Brief description Double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard for establishing treatment efficacy. Yet, there are both theoretical and empirical reasons to believe that they do not adequately control for the placebo effect. Cost and ethical considerations prevent researchers conducting actual double-blind RCTs with patients from exploring these issues. To address this gap, this project uses novel experimental models to systematically test key aspects of the double-blind RCT methodology that are intended to control for the placebo effect. This will provide essential data on the validity of these trials, thereby improving Australia’s health and ensuring that Government treatment subsidies are well spent.
Funding Amount 294900
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects