However, much less appreciated is the flip side: nocebo effects. I.e., if patient expects to have adverse effects from a treatment, they are more likely to do so. This has implications for clinical trials, of course, but also for discontinuation of therapy in general practice. For example, consider those lovely pharmaceutical commercials, showing happy couples skydiving, in bathtubs, or otherwise living faux healthy lives – while simultaneously providing the droning voice-over detailing a litany of dire, disabling side effects. Each mention of adverse outcome increases the likelihood a patient will perceive or experience it, and thereby potentially harm patients through decreased adherence to otherwise beneficial treatment.
|Nocebo - Darren Cullen (2012)|
“Refer to web-based and other information systems that provide evidence-based information, instead of unproven, anxiety-increasing comments.”Ah, yes – you mean, basically, the entire Internet: insane, uninformed, anecdotal. Good luck with that.
“Avoiding Nocebo Effects to Optimize Treatment Outcome”