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2019 May-Jun

Pain Rep



Shaping placebo analgesic responses on the Internet: a randomized experimental trial.


Pontén M, Ljótsson B, Jensen K
Pain Rep. 2019 May-Jun; 4(3):e698.
PMID: 31583339.


The field of Internet-based treatments is expanding. However, little is known about placebo effects in online therapeutic settings. The aim of this study was to test if placebo analgesia could be induced via online communication. Exploratory analyses tested if different communication styles (empathetic/neutral) would influence the placebo effect.