THE PLACEBO EF­FECT

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‘We’d be fool­ish to dis­re­gard an im­por­tant as­pect of care’

All prac­ti­tion­ers who work in a ther­a­peu­tic en­vi­ron­ment are aware of and in­deed use the placebo ef­fects of medicines. “It’s an ac­knowl­edged and val­ued part of the treat­ment,” says Euan. “If a pa­tient thinks they’ll get bet­ter, then they’re more likely to re­port symp­toms of re­cov­ery.” Ac­cord­ing to Euan, con­di­tions par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble to placebo ef­fects in­clude pain per­cep­tion, psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues and di­ges­tive com­plaints. “We’d be fool­ish to dis­re­gard such an im­por­tant as­pect of care.”

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