Effectiveness of hypnotherapy in treating patients?

You are required to conduct research on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in treating patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), ensuring all information collected is relevant to the identified research objective.

Research objective/s:

  • To assess whether hypnotherapy for IBS is an effective treatment.


You are to access the following two (2) sources and the questions that follow:

Source 1: British Journal of General Practice- Gut-directed hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome: piloting a primary care-based randomised controlled trial.



Source 2: National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Journal – Long term benefits of hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1773844/pdf/gut05201623.pdf


  1. Compare and contrast the information found on the two (2) sources identified above.
  2. Assess the strength, relevance, reliability and currency of the information in both sources.
  3. Critically analyze the evidence outlined in both journals by assessing the feasibility, benefits and risks associated with hypnotherapy being used to treat patients with IBS.
  4. Make and document conclusions based on findings.
  5. Identify three (3) effective strategies for addressing the outcomes of the research (implementing into practice). Consider the following:
    • Communication: organization, staff, patients
    • Education: staff and patients
    • Drawing interdisciplinary connections between the hospital and hypnotherapy services.

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