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Exploring the Processes and Psychological Factors Involved in Hypnotic Modulation of Chronic Pelvic Pain

Coen, S; (2016) Exploring the Processes and Psychological Factors Involved in Hypnotic Modulation of Chronic Pelvic Pain. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Part 1 is a literature review exploring the functional neuroanatomy of pain and psychological modulation of the pain experience. The focus of the review is a description and evaluation of peer reviewed research on functional brain imaging of hypnosis induced pain relief. The findings are summarised and discussed in the context of generalizability. Future research and clinical implications are then outlined. Part 2 is a research study exploring the processes, application, clinical benefits and potential mechanisms of hypnosis for chronic pelvic pain. A mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods were employed to assess a number of psychological and sensory (i.e. pain) changes from baseline to end of treatment. All participants completed the study. Overall, the results suggest that participants benefited from hypnosis treatment but that such benefits varied between individuals in terms of sensory, psychological and behavioural effects such as pain relief, acceptance of pain and engaging in more activity. Several of these benefits were clinically significant and reliable, notably in terms of pain reduction and less catastrophizing. Part 3 is a critical appraisal. Here reflections on the research process, from conducting the study for the empirical paper are discussed.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Exploring the Processes and Psychological Factors Involved in Hypnotic Modulation of Chronic Pelvic Pain
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1532791
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