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2024 Feb

Br J Pain




Practicing self-hypnosis to reduce chronic pain: A qualitative exploratory study of HYlaDO.


Caron-Trahan R, Jusseaux AE, Aubin M, Cardinal É, Aramideh J, Idrissi M, Godin N, Landry M, Urbanowicz R, Rainville P, Richebé P, Ogez D


: Nearly a quarter of Canada’s population suffers from chronic pain, a long-lasting medical condition marked by physical pain and psychological suffering. Opioids are the primary treatment for pain management in this condition; yet, this approach involves several undesirable side effects. In contrast to this established approach, non-pharmacological interventions, such as medical hypnosis, represent an efficient alternative for pain management in the context of chronic pain. HYlaDO is a self-hypnosis program designed to improve pain management for people with chronic pain. : This research aimed to evaluate the HYlaDO program based on the proof-of-concept level of the ORBIT model and investigated participants’ subjective experience. : Qualitative study. : Seventeen participants with chronic pain took part in this study. : We conducted individual semi-structured interviews with patients who had participated in HYlaDO to identify the three targets of desired change: pain, anxiety and autonomy in self-hypnosis practice. : Thematic analysis revealed that the practice of hetero-hypnosis and self-hypnosis decreased (i) pain and (ii) anxiety. Also, it (iii) indicated the development of an independent and beneficial self-hypnosis practice by having integrated the techniques taught. : These results confirm that the established targets were reached and support further development, implementation and scaling up of this program. Consequently, we believe it is justified to move to the next step of program development.