Placebo and the Healing Process


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

The placebo has a checkered history in health care, but the new field of placebo research may change that. Groundbreaking studies from the Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS), a joint venture between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University, are confirming what nurses have always known: Healing is facilitated by the nursing practices of listening, touch, and compassion. In this editorial, we provide a brief history of the placebo, its current use in research, and the relevance of new findings for nursing practice and research.

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