Abstract Title:

Group hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome with long-term follow-up.

Abstract Source:

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2013 Jan ;61(1):38-54. PMID: 23153384

Abstract Author(s):

Charles D Gerson, Jessica Gerson, Mary-Joan Gerson

Article Affiliation:

a Mount Sinai School of Medicine , New York , New York , USA.


Abstract This study tested whether group gut-focused hypnotherapy would improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Several possible outcome predictors were also studied. Before treatment, 75 patients completed a Symptom Severity Scale, a Mind-Body attribution questionnaire, and a Quality of Relationship Inventory (QRI). The symptom scale was completed posttreatment, 3, 6, and 12 months later. There was significant symptom reduction at each data point (p<.001). Sixty percent had a reduction of more than 50 points, indicative of clinical improvement. Initial severity score (p = .0004) and QRI conflict (p = .057) were directly correlated with a response to hypnotherapy, while attribution of symptoms to mind (emotional) causation was inversely correlated (p = .0056). The authors conclude that group hypnotherapy is effective in patients with IBS.

Study Type : Human Study
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Therapeutic Actions : Hypnosis : CK(151) : AC(16)

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