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Capitalizing on Placebo Effects to Improve Outcome in Cardiac Surgery

Six months after surgery, patients receiving the EXPECT intervention showed significantly larger improvements in health-related disability. .From BMC: On Medicine —Conclusion— Altogether, our finding indicates that optimizing patients’ pre-surgery expectations helps to improve long-term health after CABG. This has important implications: Beyond striving for advancing the treatment itself, we should focus on the context around the mere surgical procedure. By optimizing the context, patients can benefit more from the same surgery. Placebo mechanisms such as expectations can be utilized to…

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