The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2000 May;18(2):327-38, x. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70128-0.


Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the emergency department setting. Its efficacy in various clinical applications has been replicated in controlled studies. Application to burns, pain, pediatric procedures, surgery, psychiatric presentations (e.g., coma, somatoform disorder, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress), and obstetric situations (e.g., hyperemesis, labor, and delivery) are described. Negative effects are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiology
  • Anxiety / therapy
  • Emergency Treatment / methods*
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Obstetrics
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative