Research: SHENEFELT,

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Abstract

SHENEFELT, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA. pshenefe@health.usf.edu conducted a randomized-control trial of hypnotic induction followed by self-guided imagery with patients.

Background

Many patients experience some degree of anxiety during dermatologic procedures.

Methodology

A prospective, randomized-control trial of hypnotic induction followed by self-guided imagery was conducted with patients in 3 groups: live induction, recorded induction, or control.

Results

By 20 minutes into the procedure, there was significantly reduced anxiety reported in the live-induction group compared with the control, whereas reported anxiety in the recorded-induction group was similar to that of the control group. All 13 in the live induction, 11 of the 13 in the recorded induction, and none of the 13 in the control group imagined scenes.

Conclusion

The findings of this study suggest that live hypnotic induction followed by self-guided imagery can help to reduce anxiety experienced by many patients during dermatologic procedures.

References

Shenefelt PD. Anxiety reduction using hypnotic induction and self-guided imagery for relaxation during dermatologic procedures. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis.  61(3):305-18. 2013.

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