Communication and clinical education about placebo and nocebo effects

The words and the behaviour of a healthcare professional can determine much of a treatment’s success. Communication lies at the heart of medicine, but it can both heal and harm patients depending on the communication strategies that clinicians use. How do you ensure optimal outcomes as a healthcare professional? At IPS we want to understand how communication contributes to health outcomes in the clinic, and how communication strategies can be used to improve medical treatment for patients. In addition, we strive to bring the knowledge that this research generates to the clinic, for instance by translating it to education materials including e-learning,and communication training in VR.