In 1983, a groundbreaking study was published demonstrating that architectural environment influences recovery from surgery. Benedetti described the placebo as "the whole ritual of the therapeutic act", so why shouldn't that also include the clinical environment? In this article, we explore the 1983 study and the implications of this in global health.
In 2013, a survey of UK primary care physicians revealed that 97% of them had used placebos in their career, with 77% of them using placebos at least once a week! We take a look at this and what it means for both patients and doctors.
Mr Wright is a case dating back to 1957, in which a patient supposedly made a miraculous recovery via placebo, before relapsing straight-away upon discovering his treatment was a sham. Placebo researchers everywhere wish this case were true, but current research into the placebo effect throws the shadow of doubt on to this incredible story.
The placebo effect works for almost any condition, except for cancer. Don't get me wrong, placebos can help combat the symptoms of cancer, but they are useless when it comes to fighting the cancer itself. But why is this?
In 2016, Michael Murphy did one of my all time favourite TED Talk's. It's entitled 'Architecture that's built to heal' and he discusses architecture as a means for physical, emotional and societal healing. His inspiring talk made me feel that this is something we should make more of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvXZzKZ3JYQ Michael Murphy was inspired to action after hearing … Continue reading “Great architecture can heal”
Almost everyone knows something about the placebo effect, but here are 20 facts you probably haven't heard before.
Our summary of the Top 5 TED Talks on the Placebo Effect - a great way to introduce and explore the subject. Harnessing the Power of Placebos Alia Crum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcQnSW1wpGA Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? Lissa Rankin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWQfe__fNbs TEDMED2014 Ted Kaptchuk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbu6DolnUfM The Power of the Placebo Effect Emma … Continue reading Top 5 TED talks on the placebo effect