What we can do with hypnosis: a brief note

Am J Clin Hypn. 2008 Jul;51(1):29-36. doi: 10.1080/00029157.2008.10401640.


This article summarizes the search for efficacious hypnotic treatments. Eighteen major meta analyses were reviewed and the results evaluated using the criteria of Chambless & Hollon, (1998). The analysis identified 32 disorders for which hypnosis can be considered a possible treatment, 5 for which it seems effective, and 2 for which it appears specific. If clinicians use hypnosis in the situations where it seems to be efficacious, and systematically expand the list of conditions where it will be helpful, the results will be even more impressive for the 100th anniversary of this Journal.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Pain Management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Suggestion