Although colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings can effectively detect and prevent cancer, a large portion of African-Americans and Latinos do not undergo regular colonoscopy screening. Research suggests that anticipatory distress can significantly hinder minorities' adherence to colonoscopy recommendations. There is significant promise that hypnosis may effectively reduce such distress. The current study examined African-Americans' and Latinos' (n = 213) perceptions of using hypnosis prior to a colonoscopy. Overall, 69.9% of the sample expressed favourable perceptions of using pre-colonoscopy hypnosis, although there was notable variability. The results from this study can guide clinical decision making and inform future research efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-203
Number of pages8
JournalContemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011


  • Colonoscopy
  • Hypnosis
  • Minorities
  • Perceptions


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