Friday, January 23, 2009

Hypnosis reduces distress in children undergoing medical procedures

A voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) is a commonly performed procedure in children suffering kidney problems in which a catheter is inserted into the urethra and can be painful, frightening and embarrassing. In California, 44 children with an average age of 7.6 undergoing VCUG were divided into two groups, one receiving hypnosis before and during treatment, the other receiving routine care. Parents and children in the hypnosis group reported significantly less fear and trauma than the other group and medical staff found the procedure could be completed on average 14 minutes faster.
Reported in January 2005 in Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics

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