SKYPE HYPNOTHERAPY FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: Effectiveness and Comparison with Face-to-Face Treatment

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Gut-focused hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome but is not widely available. This study assessed whether providing hypnotherapy by Skype might partially overcome this problem. Using a 50-point or more reduction in the IBS Symptom Severity Score as the primary outcome measure, 65% of subjects responded to Skype hypnotherapy with all other outcomes significantly improving. The primary outcome figure for face-to-face hypnotherapy was 76%. When other outcome scores for Skype and face-to-face treatment were compared, the mean changes were these: symptom severity (−94.1 vs. −129.2), noncolonic score (−52.3 vs. −64.8), quality of life (+56.4 vs. +66.2), anxiety (−3.3 vs. −3.0), depression (−1.7 vs. −2.5), and a 30% or more pain reduction (44% vs. 62%). Skype hypnotherapy is effective but slightly less so than face-to-face treatment. However, many patients would have been unable to access treatment without the Skype option.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-80
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019