The Wonderful World of Placebo
In this course, the benefits of placebo treatment and how it can be used to enhance treatment outcomes are described.
Irving Kirsch, PhD
Board Review Series
AIHM 2016 Annual Conference
Time to Complete
What you will learn
The power of placebo depends on color, dose, strength of the active treatment, branding, price, mode of administration, and condition being treated. Psychological mechanisms include Pavlovian conditioning, expectancy, and the therapeutic relationship. Because the placebo effect is a component of the response to active treatment, these mechanisms can be used to enhance treatment outcome. Placebo treatment can produce meaningful effects even when placebos are given openly without deception.By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Identify the factors that influence the magnitude of the placebo effects.
- Explain the psychological processes underlying the placebo effect.
- Apply the placebo effect without deception in clinical treatment.
Certificate of Completion
Included in this course
Irving Kirsch, PhD
Irving Kirsch is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and a lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center). He is also Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Plymouth University (UK), University of Hull (UK) and the University of Connecticut (USA). He has published 10 books and more than 250 scientific journal articles and book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion.
The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content.
This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.