Placebo Effect in Clinical Practice

  • Walter A. Brown
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The role that placebos play in many treatments is clear: they not only play a complimentary role in various treatment options but they can sometimes be the only beneficial option for treatment. Brain imaging studies over the past decade have shown that placebo-treated patients undergo some of the same changes in brain activity as those treated with pharmacologically active substances. Yet this important component of healing is not yet harnessed in clinical settings. The Placebo Effect in Clinical Practice brings together what we know about the mechanisms behind the placebo response, as well as the procedures that promote these responses, in order to provide a focused and concise overview on how current knowledge can be applied in treatment settings. An introductory chapter documents the ubiquity and extent of the placebo response and discusses the history of the placebo response in relation to medical treatment. Several subsequent chapters focus on how placebos work and how the placebo effect can be enhanced. Expectation, conditioning and elements of the treatment situation are covered in separate chapters. The relationship between psychotherapy and placebo treatment is covered as is the ethics of deliberate use of the placebo effect. Because placebo effects are particularly prominent in some psychiatric conditions, particular attention is given to the role of the placebo response in psychiatric treatment. The final chapter summarizes what we currently know and offers concrete suggestions for how what we know of the placebo effect can be used to enhance the benefit of all treatments.
1 Introduction ; 2 Variations in Placebo Response ; 3 How Does Placebo Differ from No Treatment ; 4 The Treatment Situation ; 5 Expectation ; 6 Conditioning and the Placebo Response ; 7 Psychotherapy and Placebo ; 8 The Ethics of Placebo Use in Research (with Michaella Jamiel) ; 9 Using the Placebo Response
Walter A. Brown's book on placebo effects in clinical practice is a contemporary book, written in an easy manner, and provides an overview of clinically relevant knowledge of placebo effects. The author demystifies placebo effects with scientific evidence, and refreshes the reader's knowledge of research methodology The book is recommended to anyone who wants a readable introduction to placebo effects in clinical practice. * P M Aslaksen for the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, July 2013 * This book brings together what is known about the mechanisms behind the placebo effect/response, the procedures that promote these responses, and what is currently known about this effect in patient care and its applicability in different treatment settings... This is a valuable addition to the medical literature. It helps clinicians and researchers to understand the validity and presence of the placebo effect. It is a well-written book, easy to understand, with the added benefit of helping readers apply its concepts to clinical practice. * Marcos Modiano-Esquenazi, Rush University Medical Center, for Doody's, July 2013 *
Uitgavejaar 2012
ISBN 9780199933853
Verschijningsdatum 31 dec. 2012
Omvang 188
Auteur(s) Walter A. Brown
Bindwijze Gebonden
Taal Engels

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