This study examined the association between patient expectations and their improvements at 1 and 6 months after treatment.
They followed 140 patients with neck pain who were asked about their general expectations of benefit from their upcoming PT treatments.
Believing that manipulation would help and receiving manipulation increased the odds of success
- Believing that manipulation would help and not receiving manipulation lowered the odds of success
- Having positive expectations and certainty for complete pain relief increased the odds of success
- Having unsure expectations for complete pain relief lowered the odds of success
Basic conclusion: General expectations of benefit have a strong influence on clinical outcomes for patients with neck pain.
“If you believe you can or if you believe you can’t… you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Reference: Bishop MD et al Patient expectations of benefit from interventions for neck pain and resulting influence on outcomes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43(7):457-65.