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Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2012;60(4):432-57. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2012.701092.

Hypnosis for the management of chronic and cancer procedure-related pain in children.

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Unit for the Study and Treatment of Pain-ALGOS, Centre de Recerca en Avaluació i Mesura de la Conducta, and Institut d'Investigació Universitària Pere Virgili, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia, Spain.


The aim of this study was to review published controlled trials of hypnotic treatments for chronic and cancer procedure-related pain in children. Trials were included if participants were 18 years of age or below, were randomized and had populations with chronic pain or cancer procedure-related pain. After the studies were assessed, 12 were selected for review. Although the evidence is limited, the findings indicate that hypnosis is an effective pain-control technique when used with children suffering from cancer procedure-related pain or chronic pain. Further research into the use of hypnosis to manage chronic pain in children should be a priority so that empirically based conclusions can be drawn about the effects of hypnosis on children.

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