Associate Professor Damien Finniss MB BS, PhD, MSc Med, BPhty, BExSc. Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia & Griffith University School of Allied Health Sciences, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Clinical Practice: implications for the study of placebo
Harnessing placebo effects in clinical practice is one of the key goals in the field of research, yet the majority of the literature is either conducted in experimental populations or in short-term, well controlled clinical settings. Clinical practice is dynamic, with disease processes and symptomatology changing over time according to the natural history of the conditions or responses to treatment of them. Even a brief journey into a health care encounter can be shaped by pre-treatment factors (both individual and societal), the treatment ritual including the many people involved in the process, and the post-treatment care be this an acute or chronic disease process. A longitudinal approach is needed at both individual, system and societal levels to better understand how placebo effects operate and how they may be sustainably harnessed in routine care.
Professor Finniss is a clinician and researcher at the Department of Anaesthesia and the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital. He has published numerous papers in International peer reviewed journals and contributed several book chapters in the field of placebo analgesia, particularly on clinical implications. He served as the Chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) group on Placebo for 15 years and regularly presents his work at International meetings. He has held and continues to hold leadership positions in Pain Management in Australia and Internationally