A systematic meta-review of hypnosis as an empirically supported treatment for pain

Hawkins, Russell M.F. (2001) A systematic meta-review of hypnosis as an empirically supported treatment for pain. Pain Reviews, 8 (2). pp. 47-73.

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A newly developed methodological technique (the systematic meta-review) was applied to determine whether hypnosis is an empirically supported treatment for pain. This involved, initially, a systematic search of the published literature for review studies. These reviews were then subjected to a validated quality scale. There was sufficient evidence of good quality to allow the conclusion that hypnosis does have demonstrable efficacy in the treatment of pain. The only meta-analysis of hypnotically induced analgesia1 showed that 'the average participant treated with hypnosis demonstrated greater analgesic response that 75% of participants in standard and no-treatment control groups' (p. 143). The hypothesis that poor-quality reviews are more likely to produce positive conclusions was not supported. A citation database of all reviews has been assembled and can be extended with time.

Item ID: 50073
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1477-0318
Keywords: hypnosis; pain; systematic meta-review
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 01:26
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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