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Placebo-controlled trial

A method of testing an experimental treatment where one group of participants in a trial is given an inactive substance (placebo) while another group receives the drug. The results obtained from both groups are then compared to see how effective the drug is as a treatment.

See also:
Randomised trial
Open-label trial
Controlled trial
Single-blind trial
Double-blind trial
Clinical trial
Placebo

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