[Hypnosis as a resource in palliative care. A qualitative study of the contribution of hypnosis to the care of oncology patients].

Hypnosis is recognised in medicine as an effective complementary therapy. However, few qualitative data are available concerning the benefits it may bring. This qualitative exploratory study aimed to examine the contribution of hypnosis to the care of advanced cancer patients. Results demonstrate that hypnosis is an effective and efficient means of developing the resources of people suffering from serious illness. After an average of four hypnotherapy sessions, patients said they were able to locate previously unexploited resources within themselves and were able to become autonomous in the use of self-hypnosis. The major benefit reported concerned a reduction in anxiety. For patients experiencing anxiety about death, hypnosis allowed them, within a therapeutic environment perceived as safe, to explore different facets of their fears and to develop adaptive strategies. Aside from slight fatigue experienced during the sessions, no adverse side-effects were reported. In conclusion, this study exploring the effects of hypnosis allowed us to identify important benefits for patients suffering from advanced cancer. Consequently, replication on a larger scale is recommended in order to ascertain the extent to which it is possible to generalise from these results and in order better to define the characteristics of patients most likely to benefit from this therapy.
AuthorsFabienne Teike Luethi, Thierry Currat, Brenda Spencer, Nicolas Jayet, Boris Cantin
JournalRecherche en soins infirmiers (Rech Soins Infirm) Issue 110 Pg. 78-89 (Sep 2012) ISSN: 0297-2964 [Print] France
Vernacular TitleL'hypnose: une ressource en soins palliatifs? Etude qualitative sur l'apport de l'hypnose chez des patients oncologiques.
PMID23091919 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anxiety (therapy)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms (psychology, therapy)
  • Palliative Care

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