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Ann Palliat Med. 2018 Jan;7(1):63-74. doi: 10.21037/apm.2017.04.07. Epub 2017 May 25.

On the way of liberation from suffering and pain: role of hypnosis in palliative care.

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1
Studium Patavium, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; Institute F. Granone - Italian Center of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (CIICS), Turin, Italy. enrico.facco@unipd.it.
2
Institute F. Granone - Italian Center of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (CIICS), Turin, Italy; Department of Medicine, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.
3
Institute F. Granone - Italian Center of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (CIICS), Turin, Italy; Department of Neurosciences, Chair of Dental Anesthesia, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.
4
Department FISSPA, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.

Abstract

The huge problems related to chronic, ultimately fatal diseases involve disability, pain, suffering and the perception of one's doom; this calls for reappraising the conventional concepts of health and disease, life and death, encompassing spirituality and the mystery of death beyond any limited perspective. The management of suffering and pain to enhance resilience plays a central role in palliative care (PC) and is the core of the patient-centered approach, focused on the "to care" instead of the "to cure" of the illness-centered medicine. In this article, the perspectives supporting these instances are analyzed, focusing on hypnosis, to be considered as a powerful technique able to improve patient's control over mind and body (including relaxation, fairness, analgesia, improved stability of physical parameters and wellbeing).

KEYWORDS:

Hypnosis; anxiety; consciousness; depression; pain; palliative care (PC); resilience

PMID:
28595440
DOI:
10.21037/apm.2017.04.07
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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