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Is exercise effective, or just efficacious?


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Three articles on PainSci cite Beedie 2016: (1) The Complete Guide to Chronic Tension Headaches(2) The Complete Guide to Neck Pain & Cricks(3) Strength Training for Pain & Injury Rehab

PainSci notes on Beedie 2016:

“Efficacy” is how well a treatment works in ideal circumstances, such as in a carefully contrived scientic test. Unfortunately, real life is rarely ideal: “effectiveness” is how well the same thing works in typical clinical settings and patients’ lives. Exercise is well-known to be efficacious, but is often not effective. That is, it works well when tested in the lab, but not for real patients. Effectiveness is what matters to patients!

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