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Tibor SZOLCSÁNYI (firstname.lastname@example.org), assistant professor
Department of Behavioural Sciences
Code of subject: OAF-PLH-T | 1 credit | General Medicine | Optional module | spring
12 lectures + 0 practices + 0 seminars = total of 12 hours
min. 5 – max. 50 person
The use of placebo effect has been an inherent part of medicine for thousands of years, and in the recent decades it has become an inevitable element of medical research due to the introduction of placebo controlled clinical trials. In spite of this fact the research methodology to measure the effectiveness of placebo effect has been clarified only in the last 10-15 years. At the same time researches on the neurochemical mechanisms underlying the placebo effect have gained a new impetus. Currently, therefore, we have a much greater understanding of placebo effect in the context of evidence-based medicine than before, which raises new types of ethical questions as well. During the course we will examine the different aspects of the phenomenon of placebo effect, and the students will gain knowledge of the current research results on the field. The main topics of the course: the history of the use of placebo therapies, the role of placebo effect in medical research, the psycho-social factors that are able to induce placebo effect, neurochemical mechanisms underlying the placebo effect, the ethical implications of the use of placebo effect in medical treatments.
Franklin G. Miller; Luna Colloca; Ted J. Kaptchuk: The Placebo Effect: Illness and Interpersonal Healing, Perspect Biol Med. 2009 ; 52(4)
Damien G. Finniss; Ted J. Kaptchuk; Franklin G. Miller; Fabrizio Benedetti: Biological, Clinical and Ethical Advances of Placebo Effects, Lancet 2010; 375; 686-695
Franklin G. Miller; Donald L. Rosenstein: The Nature and Power of the Placebo Effect, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 59, 2006; 331-335
Fabrizio Benedetti: Mechanisms of Placebo and Placebo-Related Effects across Diseases and Treatments, Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Vol. 48; 2008; 33-60.
Jozien M. Bensing; William Verheul: The Silent Healer: The Role of Communication in Placebo Effects, Patient Education and Counseling 80, 2010; 293-299
Additional materials: Neptun MeetStreet
Fabrizio Benedetti: Placebo Effect, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009
Maximum of 25 % absence allowed
Written test taking place in the last class. To improve the grade, the test can be repeated two times in the first two weeks of the exam period.
According to the Code of Studies and Examinations.