Guidelines for the assessment of efficacy of clinical hypnosis applications

Kekecs, Z.; Moss, D.; Elkins, G.; De Benedittis, G.; Palsson, O. S.; Shenefelt, P. D.; Terhune, Devin Blair; Varga, K. and Whorwell, P. J.. 2022. Guidelines for the assessment of efficacy of clinical hypnosis applications. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 70(2), pp. 104-122. ISSN 0020-7144 [Article]

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Research on the efficacy of hypnosis applications continues to grow, but there remain major gaps between the science and clinical practice. One challenge has been a lack of consensus on which applications of hypnosis are efficacious based on research evidence. In 2018, 6 major hypnosis organizations collaborated to form the Task Force for Establishing Efficacy Standards for Clinical Hypnosis. This paper describes a Guideline for the Assessment of Efficacy of Clinical Hypnosis Applications developed by the Task Force, which makes 10 specific recommendations. The guideline is intended to be a tool for those who want to assess the quality of existing evidence on the efficacy of clinical hypnosis for any particular indication. The paper also discusses methodological issues in the interpretation and implementation of these guidelines. Future papers will report on the other products of the Hypnosis Efficacy Task Force, such as best practice recommendations for outcomes research in hypnosis and an international survey of researchers and clinicians on current practice and attitudes about hypnosis.

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Clinical efficacy; GRADE system; hypnosis; research best practices.

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13 August 2021Accepted
22 March 2022Published Online

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28 Mar 2022 10:10

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27 Apr 2022 12:23

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