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Provoking Placebo: A Literature Study About Placebo Response in Nursing
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: The placebo effect and the placebo response is a misunderstood phenomenon and their potential is wildly underestimated. Most people, including health care professionals, consider the placebo effect to be a “make believe” effect which only affects gullible people. It is argued that the nurse is in an unusually advantageous position to observe and facilitate the placebo effect and make use of the benefits for the patients. Observation of said response is made by many authors but there is little to no research on the placebo effect from a nursing standpoint. Some of the research results can however be translated to the nurse profession and used in clinical settings. Aim: The purpose is to describe areas where the placebo effect may affect nursing of the patient. Method: A literature review format was chosen to comprise existing knowledge on the placebo effect, which can be applied for nursing. Results: Themes that arose from examination of chosen literature included: Emotional state, Expectation and Conditioning, Conscious and Social learning and Patient-caregiver relationship. Many of the observed interventions could be applied using the nursing philosophy of Hildegard Peplau. Conclusion: The placebo effect can be used by the nurse to improve the result of the patient´s treatment. If placebo becomes a focus in nursing research the results could be more applicable to benefit patients than if researched by other professional groups.

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2017. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
Placebo effect, Placebo response, Nurse, Nursing, Clinical application
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-322165OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-322165DiVA, id: diva2:1096071
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Caring Sciences
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Specialistsjuksköterskeprogrammet med inriktning mot psykiatrisk vård
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Available from: 2017-05-19 Created: 2017-05-16 Last updated: 2017-05-19Bibliographically approved

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