Placebo Effect

Brief discussion point everyone please tell me your opinions on using the placebo effect by doctors for treatment.

Today in biology we watched a really interesting documentary on the placebo effect. I had previously been under on the impression that the placebo effect worked because we believed it would work. Harvard University underwent a clinical trial to see the effect of the placebo effect if they knew that the pills weren’t real. They gave them to people with IBS and they still worked.  They also did a test to see the effect of spending lots of time with a patient and being really nice and comforting, vs spending little time with the patient and not being kind and talkative. The found that the patients who were treated nicely and for a long timed experienced less pain in the acupuncture. This is so interesting because the way doctors act with their patients could massively effect the patients satisfaction with their care.

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