Bedside manner can affect patients' pain

US study shows if a doctor believes in a medication, they can transfer this belief to the patient

Doctors who believe in a treatment’s effectiveness and therefore display more empathy can influence a patient’s perception of pain through a socially transmitted placebo effect, a US study suggests.

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The findings, published in Nature Human Behaviour, highlight the importance of a good bedside manner and have important implications for clinical interactions, the researchers say.

In a simulated clinical interaction, researchers from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, US, randomly assigned 194 undergraduate students (aged 18-28) to role-play as either a

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