UCL Survey: should placebo treatments be used in medicine or shouldn’t they?

Make your opinion heard:

Should placebo treatments be used in medicine or shouldn’t they?

Take part in a short online survey

Researchers at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, are conducting a survey on whether or not placebo treatments should be used in medicine. They are not encouraging its use, but simply trying to find out what patients think.

Definition of placebo: Placebo can be defined in many ways. In this questionnaire the word placebo is used to describe a situation when someone is led to believe that the treatment they are receiving is a standard, active treatment, like a medication pill, although in reality it has nothing active in it. The “placebo effect” is when medical problems get better as a result of taking a placebo treatment. This is a genuine effect and is seen in a wide range of conditions. 

This questionnaire is entirely voluntary and anonymous and only takes 10 minutes.

For further information, and to take part in the survey, please click on the following link:


Name of researchers: Dr Anne-Catherine Huys, Prof Mark Edwards, Prof Kailash Bhatia