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Hypnosis as a Treatment of Chronic Widespread Pain in General Practice. A Pilot Study.

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00521807
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 28, 2007
Last Update Posted : October 20, 2008
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August 27, 2007
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October 20, 2008
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Hypnosis as a Treatment of Chronic Widespread Pain in General Practice. A Pilot Study.
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Objective: The study was performed to evaluate the effect of a standardized hypnosis treatment used in general practice for patients with chronic widespread pain (CWP).

Design: A randomized control group-controlled study. Setting and subjects: 16 patients were randomized into a treatment group or a control group, each constituting eight patients. Seven patients in the treatment group completed the schedule. After the control period, five of the patients in the control group also received treatment, making a total of 12 patients having completed the treatment sessions.

Intervention: The intervention group went through a standardized hypnosis treatment with ten consecutive therapeutic sessions once a week, each lasting for about 30 minutes, focusing on ego-strengthening, relaxation, releasing muscular tension and increasing self-efficacy.

Main outcome measures: A questionnaire was developed in order to calibrate the symptoms before and after the 10 weeks period, and the results were interpolated into a scale from 0 to 100, increasing numbers representing increasing suffering.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Chronic Widespread Pain
Procedure: Hypnosis
a standardized hypnosis treatment with ten consecutive therapeutic sessions once a week,
  • No Intervention: A 1
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    Treatment group
    Intervention: Procedure: Hypnosis
Grøndahl JR, Rosvold EO. Hypnosis as a treatment of chronic widespread pain in general practice: a randomized controlled pilot trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2008 Sep 18;9:124. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-9-124.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic widespread pain for at least three months and at most five years.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients having primarily other organic diseases or serious psychiatric disorders were excluded.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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University of Oslo
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Principal Investigator: Jan R Grondahl, Dr The Institute of General Practice and Community Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway.
University of Oslo
August 2007

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