The Placebo Effect, Medical Apps and incorporating the human touch into digital medicine
Is the placebo effect something that demands the presence of a living human – or can we program it into cell phone medical apps?
What happens to healthcare if we can?
I must admit I have always been fascinated by the concept of placebos. You give a research subject with a documented medical condition a sugar pill – and they get better. They heal themselves despite the fact they have not swallowed anything known to have an effect on their disease. Placebos are fascinating, yet the placebo effect is what is truly inspiring.
What is it about the encounter with the researcher that triggers the placebo effect and the patient’s natural healing mechanisms? What did the doctor do or say? What did the patient hear and feel? How can we learn to use this ability to inspire the patient to heal themselves consciously?