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However albenza 400mg for sale, an individual must expect some changes following the intervention generic albenza 400mg overnight delivery, otherwise they would not make the original investment buy albenza 400mg otc. It is also possible that paying subjects to participate changes their expectations of a successful outcome purchase albenza 400mg with amex. These are outlined in terms of the areas of health psychology described in this book, which provides additional insights into possible mechanisms of the placebo effect. Health beliefs For a placebo to have an effect, the individual needs to have a belief that the intervention will be effective. For example, a placebo in the form of a pill will work if the individual subscribes to a medical model of health and illness and believes that traditional medical interventions are effective. A placebo in the form of herbal tea may only be effective if the individual believes in alternative medicines and is open to non-traditional forms of intervention. Perhaps the belief about a treatment has either a direct effect on health through physiological changes, or an indirect effect via behavioural change. For example, the belief that a treatment intervention will work, may directly influence the individual’s immune system or alternatively may promote a change in lifestyle. Illness cognitions For a placebo to have an effect, the individual needs to hold particular beliefs about their illness. For example, if an illness is seen as long lasting without episodes of remission, times of spontaneous recovery may not happen, which will therefore not be explained in terms of the effectiveness of the treatment. Likewise, if an individual believes that their illness has a medical cause then a placebo in the form of a pill would be effective. However, if the individual believes that their illness is caused by their lifestyle, a pill placebo may not be effective. Health professionals’ health beliefs Placebos may also be related to the beliefs of the health professionals. For example, a doctor may need to believe in the intervention for it to have an effect. Furthermore, theories of health professionals’ health beliefs and their role in doctor–patient com- munication illustrate a useful emphasis on interaction rather than individual characteristics. Health-related behaviours A placebo may function via changes in health-related behaviour. If an individual believes that they have taken something or behaved in a way that may promote good health, they may also change other health-related behaviours (e. Furthermore, the choice to take a medication may itself be seen as a health-related behaviour, and may be predicted by theories of behaviour and behaviour change. If placebos have an effect either directly (physiological change) or indirectly (behaviour change) then this is in parallel with theories of stress. The belief that an individual has taken control of their illness (perceived control) may reduce the stress response reducing any effects this stress may have on the illness. Pain Placebo-induced pain reduction may be mediated either by physiological changes, such as opiate release, or by anxiety reduction. Both of these changes can be explained in terms of the gate control theory of pain, which suggests that the experience of pain is a result of an interaction between psychological (beliefs, anxiety) and physiological (opiates) processes. Perhaps, placebo-induced pain reduction may also be mediated by patient expectations and previous experience about the efficacy of the treatment intervention. Implications for dualism Placebos indicate that an individual’s symptoms and health status may be influenced by their expectations, beliefs and previous experience. These factors are central to health psychology in its attempt to challenge the traditional biomedical approach to health and illness. If an individual’s psychological state can influence their health, then perhaps the mind and body should not be seen as separate entities but as interacting. However, this interaction still assumes that the mind and body are distinct; to interact with each other, they still need to be defined as being separate. Many theories have been developed in an attempt to explain how placebos work, and these can be categorized as non-interactive theories, which focus on the characteristics of either the patient, the health professional or the treatment, and interactive theories, which regard placebo effects as arising from interaction between these different variables. In particular, most explanations of placebos point to a central role for expectations both of the patient and the health professional. These theories suggest that if a patient expects to get better, then this expectation will influence their health. Therefore, through expectancies, it is possible that patient and doctor expecta- tions, anxiety, conditioning, opiates and cognitive dissonance, could interact with each other.

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