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

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
University of Oslo Identifier:
First received: August 27, 2007
Last updated: October 17, 2008
Last verified: August 2007

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.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Widespread Pain
Procedure: Hypnosis

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

Further study details as provided by University of Oslo:

Enrollment: 18
Study Start Date: March 2001
Study Completion Date: May 2005
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: A 1
Experimental: A 2
Treatment group
Procedure: Hypnosis
a standardized hypnosis treatment with ten consecutive therapeutic sessions once a week,


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

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.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00521807

1) Institute of General Practice and Community Medicine, University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway, 0318
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oslo
Principal Investigator: Jan R Grondahl, Dr The Institute of General Practice and Community Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway.
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00521807     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 26035831907
Study First Received: August 27, 2007
Last Updated: October 17, 2008

Keywords provided by University of Oslo:
Chronic widespread pain,
General Practice

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 26, 2017