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Hypnosis, Contemporary Medicine, and Cost Savings

A review of hypnotherapy research studies conducted at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine indicated that patients treated with hypnosis experienced substantial benefits for many different medical conditions. Consequently, an expanded role for hypnosis and a larger study of techniques appear to be indicated. Additionally, research conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine indicated that institutional costs for surgical breast cancer procedures were $8561 per patient, but patients receiving hypnosis prior to the procedure cost the institution $772.71 less per patient mainly due to reduced surgical time. Patients receiving hypnosis prior to surgery also used less propofol and lidocaine, and had less pain, nausea, fatigue, discomfort, and emotional upset at discharge. Another research study conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center indicated that the use of adjunct self-hypnosis with sedation reduces cost during interventional radiologic procedures from $638 to $300 resulting in a savings of $338 per case with hypnosis.

  • Stewart, J. H. Hypnosis in contemporary medicine. Mayo Clin Proc. 2005; 80(4):511-24. Department of Internal Medicine and Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • Montgomery, G. H., Bovbjerg, D. H., Schnur, J. B., et al. A randomized clinical trial of a brief hypnosis intervention to control side effects in breast surgery patients. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007; 99(17):1304-12. Department of Oncological Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, USA.
  • Lang, E. V. & Rosen, M. P. Cost analysis of adjunct hypnosis with sedation during outpatient interventional radiologic procedures. Radiology. 2002; 222(2):375-82. Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

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