Mechanisms of placebo and nocebo: Are we counting chickens before they hatch?

Senthil P. Kumar

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


The role of psychosocial factors in patients' clinical presentations are being commonly evaluated and managed during physical therapy along a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to care. Placebo is a positive therapeutic experience secondary to perceived beneficial outcome whereas nocebo is otherwise. The objective of this editorial was to provide an insight into mechanisms of placebo and nocebo, with implications for use in physical therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 06-02-2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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