Investigating the path from expectancies to outcome

A considerable number of studies in many areas of medicine have suggested there is a link between patients’ expectancies for recovery and health outcomes[1,5,6]. A patient that expects that the treatment will help them recover, is more likely to recover than a patient with lower expectations. These relationships are found in both (chronic) pain and … [Read more...]

Expecting bad things – what are the repercussions?

I am currently on the train to Wauchope, NSW to visit my husband who is doing a rural medical placement. Now in my head, I decided that train food would be shocking and so when low and behold, I got my meal, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was not only edible but quite…delicious?  I know! It knocked me for one too. However, this is … [Read more...]