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Encephale. 2017 Oct;43(5):498-501. doi: 10.1016/j.encep.2016.06.006. Epub 2016 Sep 16.

[Description of current hypnosis practice in French university hospitals].

[Article in French]

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Centre hospitalier Le-Vinatier, 95, Boulevard Pinel, 69678 Bron cedex, France. Electronic address:
Centre hospitalier régionale universitaire de Besançon, 2, place Saint-Jacques, 25030 Besançon cedex, France.
Laboratoire de psychopathologie et de psychologie médicale (LPPM), pôle AAFE, université de Bourgogne, campus universitaire-Esplanade Erasme, 21000 Dijon, France.


Hypnosis is very fashionable as an entertainment through TV shows searching for new sensational experiences. What about its practice in the medical world? The aim of this article is to answer to this question. Therefore, we contacted every French University Hospital of each region to find out if hypnosis was practiced for the care of pain (hypnoanalgesia), for chirurgical procedures (hypnosedation) and in adult psychiatry care units (hypnotherapy). For this last practice, we also questioned the type of indications. All 30 of the French University Hospitals had replied by November 2015. Hypnoanalgesia is practiced by all and two-thirds offer hypnosedation. Hypnotherapy is practiced by 40 % of the University Hospitals, 91,7 % for anxiety disorders, 66,7 % for psychotraumatic care and 25 % for mood disorders. Therefore, hypnosis seems to have found its place in the care of pain and as an anesthetic to replace standard procedures. However, the use of hypnotherapy in psychiatry is less frequent, indications for its use being variable and not very consensual.


Analgesia; Analgésie; Anesthesia; Anesthésie; France; Hypnose; Hypnosis; Hypnotherapy; Hypnothérapie

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