The Emperor’s New Drugs: Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect

The gap between antidepressant efficacy and the placebo effect is addressed. The Emperor’s New Drugs presents meta-analyses of antidepressant drugs, evaluates the clinical significance of drug-placebo differences, examines the benefits in relation to the risks these medications pose, and presents data on the comparative efficacy of alternative treatments.

Learner's Objectives:

  • Understand the clinical relevance of antidepressant-placebo differences
  • Consider the risk/benefit ratio in treatments of depression