Satisfaction with, and the beneficial side effects of, hypnotic analgesia.

TitleSatisfaction with, and the beneficial side effects of, hypnotic analgesia.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsJensen MP, McArthur KD, Barber J, Hanley MA, Engel JM, Romano JM, Cardenas DD, Kraft GH, Hoffman AJ, Patterson DR
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Date Published2006 Oct
Adult, Aged, Analgesia, Chronic Disease, Humans, Hypnosis, Middle Aged, Pain Management, Patient Satisfaction, Self Efficacy, Stress, Psychological

Case study research suggests that hypnosis treatment may provide benefits that are not necessarily the target of specific suggestions. To better understand satisfaction with and the beneficial "side effects" of hypnosis treatment, questions inquiring about treatment satisfaction and treatment benefits were administered to a group of 30 patients with chronic pain who had participated in a case series of hypnotic analgesia treatment. The results confirmed the authors' clinical experience and showed that most participants reported satisfaction with hypnosis treatment even when the targeted symptom (in this case, pain intensity) did not decrease substantially. Study participants also reported a variety of both symptom-related and nonsymptom-related benefits from hypnosis treatment, including decreased pain, increased perceived control over pain, increased sense of relaxation and well-being, and decreased perceived stress, although no single benefit was noted by a majority of participants.

Alternate JournalInt J Clin Exp Hypn
PubMed ID16950685

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