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What Is the Nocebo Effect?

In this edition of the “Peer to Peer” audiocast series, Dr. Vincent DeLeo speaks with Dr. Philip D. Shenefelt about the nocebo effect and how it can affect dermatologists’ interactions with their patients. Dr. Shenefelt explains that the nocebo effect, which is the converse of the more widely known placebo effect, leads to adverse treatment outcomes that may occur based on negative beliefs of both patients and physicians. He offers tips for physicians regarding how to speak to patients without encouraging negative expectations or beliefs that could possibly impact treatment.

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