Relief from pain is not only a measure of good health for you, but also your doctor.
A new study finds that doctors experience the same euphoria as a patient when they help relieve their pain.
“Doctors feel rewarded when they are responsible for someone’s relief,” said study author Karin Jensen, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The better they are at taking the perspective of the patient, the more reward and subjective value they will report.”
Jensen and a team of researchers at Harvard University examined the brain activity of 18 doctors who were deceived in thinking they were alleviating their patient’s pain or letting them suffer.