Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Nocebo Effect
Most individuals are aware of the placebo effect.
Belief is powerful medicine, even if the treatment itself is a sham. New research shows placebos can also benefit patients who do not have faith in them
But how many individuals are aware of the nocebo efffect?
...a provocative new report by Winfried Häuser, Ernil Hansen, and Paul Enck in the journal of the German Medical Association suggests that the side effects of some drugs, and the discomfort of certain medical procedures, may be inadvertently intensified by doctors and nurses trying to keep patients fully informed of the consequences of their medical care. The culprit behind this phenomenon is the nocebo effect.
Nocebo effect quote taken from an article headlined Are Warnings About the Side Effects of Drugs Making Us Sick?
Linked via Fred Lapides.