The study “Effects of supportive-expressive group therapy on pain in women with metastatic breast cancer” was published recently in Psychology Health. The aim of the study was to examine the effects that group hypnosis sessions and advice on pain control had on women suffering with metastatic breast cancer.
124 women participated in the 12 month study. They were spilt into two groups, one of which received hypnotherapy and pain management sessions and another which received only clinical advice. Each group had interviews every four months to analyse the effect the treatments had on their pain levels.
The hypnotherapy group reported that treatment helped to manage their levels of pain, reporting that the intensity of their discomfort didn’t increase over time.
Another finding of the study reported that the patients who were more susceptible to hypnotherapy were the ones who benefited the most from treatment.
The authors of the study have said the results support the growing amount of literature which supports the use of hypnosis for medical patients experiencing pain.
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