Monday, August 13. 2012
A recent study found that some patients developed symptoms of an illness after being informed about them.
Compiled at the Klinikum Saarbrucken in Germany, the study said that the "nocebo" effect may need to be better handled by physicians, as it may help some patients improve. In addition, citing the study, HealthDay explained that doctors may want to cut down on the volume of negative information when someone is about to have surgery, taking medication or dealing with illness. However, saying that they do not need to worry about their situation can have the same negative effect.
"It is not only the power of the mostly unintentionally negative words of physicians and nurses, but also the power of negative expectations, negative experiences and fears of the patients," said Dr. Winfried Hauser, lead author of the study, according to the news source.
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