7 ways to prevent the nocebo effect

Emphasise the positive and play down the negative

Negative communication during treatment can significantly reduce the pharmacological effectiveness of pain medication, according to a growing body of evidence.

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Research shows that overemphasising negative side-effects can inadvertently induce a reaction similar to the nocebo effect.

The authors of a recent paper give seven tips for preventing this in pain therapy:

  1. Emphasise positive drug effects and avoid overemphasising