From Bench to Bedside: Converting Placebo Research into Belief Activation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Research on the placebo effect contains important elements that can be harnessed to improve clinical care. This paper proposes a new term, "Belief Activation," to describe the deliberate use of placebo effect tools by both patients and clinicians to catalyze healing. Belief Activation includes, but is not limited to, maximizing patient and practitioner expectations, classical and social conditioning, spirituality and prayer/intention, therapeutic relationship, healing environments, and minimizing the nocebo effect. This paper demonstrates ways in which Belief Activation is a form of evidence-based medicine and seeks to translate knowledge from placebo research into medical practice.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Green, J; Wright, H

Published Date

  • August 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 575 - 580

PubMed ID

  • 28719223

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-7708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/acm.2016.0375


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States