Salient findings: hypnotizability as core construct and the clinical utility of hypnosis

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2007 Jul;55(3):372-9. doi: 10.1080/00207140701339793.


Six papers of special interest to the hypnosis community have recently appeared in the general scientific literatures. Three of these papers were published as part of the 2006 Cochrane Collaboration on the utility of medical interventions. These reviews analyze the research literature on the efficacy of hypnosis for treatment of needle-related pain in children, pain management during childbirth, and conversion disorder. Hypnosis is the most promising psychological intervention studied for needle-related procedural pain and distress in children and adolescents; it is effective as an adjunctive analgesic during childbirth; and it is of uncertain usefulness in treatment of conversion disorder. A second cluster of three studies unambiguously demonstrates the central role of hypnotizability as a predictor of responsiveness in laboratory, analogue treatment, and medical practice settings. One of these articles may well be the most important hypnosis paper in many years.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Conversion Disorder / psychology*
  • Conversion Disorder / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Pain / psychology
  • Pain Management*
  • Parturition / psychology
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*
  • Suggestion