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Title: Is there a place for placebo in management of psychogenic movement disorders?
Authors: Lim, E.C.H. 
Ong, B.K.C. 
Seet, R.C.S. 
Keywords: Consent
Psychogenic blepharospasm
Issue Date: Mar-2007
Citation: Lim, E.C.H., Ong, B.K.C., Seet, R.C.S. (2007-03). Is there a place for placebo in management of psychogenic movement disorders?. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 36 (3) : 208-210. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Introduction: The management of psychogenic movement disorders is fraught with difficulties. Empathy and a non-judgemental manner are essential in dealing with patients, and a neurobiological explanation of the symptoms may help to foster trust, acceptance, understanding and recovery. Clinical Picture: We report a 17-year-old Chinese girl with psychogenic blepharospasm. Her parents refused psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Treatment and Outcome: Placebo therapy (with parental consent) was prescribed with favourable results. Conclusion: We examine the ethical considerations for and against placebo therapy, and explore the role of placebo therapy in the management of psychogenic movement disorders.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
ISSN: 03044602
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