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Hypnotherapy treatments vs. Cognitive-Behavioral treatments for pain: A critical literature review

28 July 2001


This paper offers a critical review of empirical literature that has compared the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral treatments with hypnotherapy treatments in reducing and managing pain. This paper examines studies offered by each approach in an effort to determine the relative effectiveness of each and areas
for future research. Examination of the studies reveals that the two interventions are equally effective for control of chronic pain and pain related to headache, while hypnotherapy appears to be more effective in reducing pain related to medical procedures and when used in conjunction with opioid medications.
Recommendations for future research are summarized and suggestions for future research are offered.


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