The placebo effect works—that’s why doctors need to be trained to support it

A growing body of research shows that people’s mindsets have measurable physical effects. People’s expectations of healing and the relationships with their doctors drive these placebo responses—where a patient’s health changes without being treated. Despite this research, the benefits of these psychological and social forces are still receiving much less attention than drug and device treatments in health care.  That’s why in a new analysis of the placebo-effect, a group of Stanford experts is calling on medical schools to develop more training that helps students use their personal strengths to connect with patients to help patients develop a more healing mindset.

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The placebo effect works—that’s why doctors need to be trained to support it

A growing body of research shows that people’s mindsets have measurable physical effects. People’s expectations of healing and the relationships with their doctors drive these placebo responses—where a patient’s health changes without being treated. Despite this research, the benefits of these psychological and social forces are still receiving much less attention than drug and device treatments in health care.  That’s why in a new analysis of the placebo-effect, a group of Stanford experts is calling on medical schools to develop more training that helps students use their personal strengths to connect with patients to help patients develop a more healing mindset.

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