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Chatbots Delivering Psychotherapy Help Decrease Opioid Use After Surgery

Patients who need surgery to fix major bone fractures use fewer opioid pills after their procedure if they’re reminded of six “core principles” that include: values, acceptance, present moment awareness, self-as-context, committed action, and diffusion. Two reminders were sent daily as text messages to their phones for two weeks after their procedure from an automated “chatbot.” Full story.

Placebo Effect ‘Could Treat Pain’

Placebo pain-relief is reproducible in patients with chronic pain compared to healthy volunteers according to a unique University of Manchester study. In a research first, patients with high levels of psychological distress such as depression and anxiety experienced pain relief in a placebo experiment with inert cream they thought might help them. Full story. 

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