The hypnotic techniques used in this study showed improvements in all aspects of the patient’s quality of life. Patients had more energy and were more active after hypnosis more able to cope with the difficulties that they face in their every day lives. A clinically significant improvement was seen with insomnia, nausea, physical functioning, and global health status. Hypnosis can effect perception of symptoms however in this study the results seemed to point to a deeper change with energy and fatigue being modified positively. The experience of hypnosis was described as beneficial by all patients and reductions in symptoms and increased overall quality of life. Patients commented that they would have seen the best benefit if hypnosis was begun around the time of diagnosis of cancer and continuing throughout their treatment.
In this study, hypnosis has been beneficial for symptom control and in increasing the quality of life in patients with cancer. Further research into the use of specific non-Ericksonian hypnosis techniques for symptom control and improved quality of life involving a larger number of participants, are needed to support these results.
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