The Placebo Effect in Clinical Practice

The Placebo Effect in Clinical Practice

Walter A. Brown

Print publication date: Dec 2012

ISBN: 9780199933853

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This resource discusses the ubiquity and extent of the placebo response along with the history of the placebo response in relation to medical treatment. It then covers how placebos work, how the placebo effect can be enhanced, as well as expectation, conditioning and elements of the treatment, along with relationship between psychotherapy and placebo treatment, and the ethics of deliberate use of the placebo effect. Particular attention is given to the role of the placebo response in psychiatric treatment. Finally, it offers concrete suggestions for how what we know of the placebo effect can be used to enhance the benefit of all treatments.