The Effects of Self-Hypnosis on Quality of Life Following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Preliminary Results of a Prospective, Randomized Trial

Robert C. Ashton, Gerard c. Whitworth, J. Alex Seldomridge, Peter A. Shapiro, Robert E. Michler, Craig R. Smith, Eric A. Rose, Stanley Fisher, Mehmet C. oz

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The effects of complementary techniques and altemative medicine on allopathic therapies is generating much interest and research. To properly evaluate these techniques, well controlled studies are needed to corroborate the findings espoused by individuals practicing complementary medicine therapies. To this end, we evaluated the role of one of these therapies, selfhypnosis relaxation techniques, in a prospective, randomized trial to study its effects on quality of life after coronary artery bypass surgery. Subjects were randomized to a control group or a study group. Study group patients were taught self-hypnosis relaxation techniques the night prior to surgery. The control group received no such treatment. Patients then underwent routine cardiac management and care. The main endpoint of our study was quality of life, assessed by the Profile of Moods Scale. Results demonstrated that patients undergoing self-hypnosis the night prior to coronary artery bypass surgery were significantly more relaxed than the control group (p = 0.0317). Trends toward improvement were also noted in depression, anger, and fatigue. This study demonstrates the beneficial effects of self-hypnosis relaxation techniques on coronary surgery. This study also identifies endpoints and a study design that can be used to assess complementary medicine therapies. Results of this preliminary investigation are encouraging and demonstrate a need for further well-controlled studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-290
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


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  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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