Improved recovery and reduced postoperative stay after therapeutic suggestions during general anaesthesia

Lancet. 1988 Aug 27;2(8609):491-3. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(88)90131-6.


The clinical value of therapeutic suggestions during general anaesthesia was assessed in a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled study. 39 unselected patients were allocated to suggestion (n = 19) or control (n = 20) groups who were played either recorded therapeutic suggestions or a blank tape, respectively, during hysterectomy. The patients in the suggestion group spent significantly less time in hospital after surgery, suffered from a significantly shorter period of pyrexia, and were generally rated by nurses as having made a better than expected recovery. Patients in the suggestion group, unlike those in the control group, guessed accurately that they had been played an instruction tape.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, General*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy*
  • Length of Stay*
  • Middle Aged
  • Random Allocation
  • Suggestion*