Does telling patients they'll feel better work?
Ever wondered if your kind, reassuring words to patients make any difference to their health?
Well, new GP research shows they do — even if it's just one sentence.
The study — which aims to show the value of consults where the doctor’s role is simply to assure patients they will soon feel better — has found that even a few kind words can relieve symptoms.
The small US randomised controlled trial investigated patient outcomes in 76 participants after they received a histamine skin prick to the forearm to trigger a short allergic reaction.
The patients were split into two groups.
To the first, the doctor offered some encouraging words after the skin prick, saying: “From this point forward, your allergic reaction will start to diminish, and your rash and irritation will