February 6, 2019

IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND:

PODCAST: Gary Greenberg on the Placebo Effect (Russ Roberts, Feb 4 2019, EconTalk) 

Author and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the placebo effect. Is it real? How does the placebo effect influence drug testing? If it's real, what is the underlying mechanism of why it works and how might it be harnessed to improve health care? The conversation concludes with a discussion of how knowledge of the placebo effect has influenced Greenberg's psychotherapy practice.

So here's an interesting thought experiment: given that patients respond to nothing more than the idea that someone cares enough to offer a treatment, even one they are told is bogus, maybe the reason nation's with National Health have so much better outcomes than us owes to nothing more than the existence of the system itself.

Posted by at February 6, 2019 5:44 PM

  

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