Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2006 Jan;54(1):100-12.

Effects of tailored and manualized hypnotic inductions for complicated irritable bowel syndrome patients.

Barabasz ABarabasz M.

 

Research introduction

This small clinical pilot study provided preliminary data on the effects of hypnotic inductions tailored to each IBS patient compared to a fully standardized (verbatim) protocol. A total of eight IBS patients previously unresponsive to any treatment were assigned randomly to either the tailored or standardized induction condition. Other than pre-testing for hypnotizability, the procedure followed for the standardized group (four subjects) was exactly as prescribed in the standardized North Carolina hypnosis protocol. The same scripts were used for the other (tailored) group of four patients except that the inductions were individualized. Patients in both subgroups showed favorable treatment response immediately post-treatment and at 10-month follow-up. Only the tailored group showed no incapacitating pain at post-treatment but greater emotional stress than the standardized group. The tailored group continued to improve and showed better results than the standardized group at 10-month follow-up, and the post-treatment emotional distress had decreased significantly.

 

Abstract

This modest clinical pilot study was intended to provide preliminary data on the effects of hypnotic inductions tailored to an irritable bowel syndrome patient at each session compared to Palsson's manualized protocol. Patients (N = 8) who had not previously responded to any form of treatment were assigned randomly to either a tailored or manualized induction condition. Other than pretesting for hypnotizability, the procedure followed for the manualized group (n = 4) was exactly as prescribed by O. Palsson (1998). The identical procedure was used for the other 4 patients except that the inductions were individualized. All 8 patients showed favorable responses to treatment immediately posttreatment and at 10-month follow-up. Only the tailored group showed no incapacitating pain at posttreatment but greater emotional stress than the manualizedgroup. The tailored group continued to improve and showed better results than the manualized group at 10 months, and the posttreatment emotional distress was significantly attenuated.
 

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