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2021 May 27

BMC Complement Med Ther



Interest of a standardized hypnotic message for the reduction of pain and anxiety in cancer patients treated by capsaicin patch for neuropathic pain: a randomized controlled trial.


Etienne R, Laurent M, Henry A, Bioy A, Salleron J, Schohn C H, Cretineau N
BMC Complement Med Ther. 2021 May 27; 21(1):154.
PMID: 34044838.


Neuropathic pain is characterized by spontaneous painful symptoms. Medical therapies include the use of a capsaicin 8% patch (Qutenza®, Grünenthal Gmbh, Germany), and patients may experience a sharp burning sensation at application and removal of the patch. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of playing a standardized hypnosis recording during application, on the pain and anxiety induced by capsaicin treatment.