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J Health Psychol. 2016 Apr;21(4):526-39. doi: 10.1177/1359105314530452. Epub 2014 May 1.

Hypnotherapy for disability-related pain: A meta-analysis.

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1
University of Adelaide, Australia.
2
University of Adelaide, Australia diana.dorstyn@adelaide.edu.au.

Abstract

Hypnotherapy can address the biopsychosocial aspects of disability-related pain, although the available evidence is limited in quality and quantity. Meta-analytic techniques were utilised to evaluate 10 controlled studies. Hypnotherapy produced significant short-term improvements in fatigue, pain experience and affect. However, a lack of significance was noted at 3- to 6-month follow-up. A beneficial effect size (d(w)= 0.53; confidence interval = 0.28-0.84) in comparison to control conditions was reported, although comparability with other cognitive-behavioural treatments could not be confirmed across the few studies reporting this data (d(w)= 0.06; confidence interval = -0.33 to 0.45). The findings highlight the need for further controlled and longitudinal research in this area.

KEYWORDS:

disability; hypnosis; meta-analysis; pain; treatment efficacy

PMID:
24788104
DOI:
10.1177/1359105314530452
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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