Are anesthesia providers ready for hypnosis? Anesthesia providers’ attitudes toward hypnotherapy

Alexander B. Stone, Rosanne Sheinberg, Amanda Bertram, Anastasia Rowland Seymour

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Abstract

This study sought to measure current attitudes toward hypnosis among anesthesia providers using an in-person survey distributed at a single grand rounds at a single academic teaching hospital. One hundred twenty-six anesthesia providers (anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists) were included in this study. A 10-question Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved questionnaire was developed. One hundred twenty-six (73% of providers at the meeting) anesthesia providers completed the survey. Of the respondents, 54 (43%) were anesthesiologists, 42 (33%) were trainees (interns/ residents/fellows) in anesthesia, and 30 (24%) were nurse anesthetists. Over 70% of providers, at each level of training, rated their knowledge of hypnosis as either below average or having no knowledge. Fifty-two (42%) providers agreed or strongly agreed that hypnotherapy has a place in the clinical practice of anesthesia, while 103 (83%) believed that positive suggestion has a place in the clinical practice of anesthesia (p < .0001). Common reasons cited against using hypnosis were that it is too time consuming (41%) and requires special training (34%). Only three respondents (2%) believed that there were no reasons for using hypnosis in their practice. These data suggest that there is a self-reported lack of knowledge about hypnosis among anesthesia providers, although many anesthesia providers are open to the use of hypnosis in their clinical practice. Anesthesia providers are more likely to support the use of positive suggestion in their practice than hypnosis. Practical concerns should be addressed if hypnosis and therapeutic verbal techniques are to gain more widespread use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-418
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 12 2016

Keywords

  • Anesthesiologists’ attitudes
  • Hypnosis
  • Perioperative communication
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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