Letters Placebo effect

Helping patients feel better

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39577.459549.3A (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1086
  1. T Everett Julyan, specialist registrar in liaison psychiatry
  1. 1Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling FK8 2AU
  1. everett.julyan{at}nhs.net

On the basis of their study on the placebo response in irritable bowel syndrome, Kaptchuk et al. conclude that the patient-practitioner relationship is the most robust component of the placebo effect. …

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