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Hypnotherapy for non-cardiac chest pain: long-term follow-up
  1. V Miller,
  2. H Jones,
  3. P J Whorwell
  1. Department of Medicine, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK
  1. Professor P J Whorwell, Education and Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester M23 9LT, UK; peter.whorwell{at}manchester.ac.uk

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We have been researching the effects of hypnotherapy in gastroenterology for many years and recently reported in Gut1 that a course of 12 sessions of hypnotherapy seems to be beneficial in the treatment of non-cardiac chest pain. In a study on 28 patients comparing the effects of either hypnotherapy or a similar duration of supportive listening combined with placebo medication (control group), the active treatment resulted in a much better outcome. Of the 15 patients randomised to hypnotherapy, 12 (80%) responded to treatment, as judged by either a complete or …

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