2017
DOI: 10.1093/med/9780199393404.003.0009
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Alfonso Troisi

Abstract: This chapter focuses on the impact of the doctor–patient relationship on patients’ physiology and well-being. The core of the chapter reports recent data on the physiological changes associated with placebo and nocebo effects and relates these findings to the impact of social relationships on health and disease. On average, the placebo effect’s relative weight in therapeutic improvement is around 40%. The most important component of the placebo effect is the doctor–patient relationship, and this is addressed b…

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