Hypnosis-there's an app for that: A systematic review of hypnosis apps

Madalina Sucala, Julie B. Schnur, Kimberly Glazier, Sarah J. Miller, Joseph P. Green, Guy H. Montgomery

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Abstract

This study systematically reviews the hypnosis apps available via iTunes that were compatible with iPhone or iPad. Of 1455 apps identified on iTunes, 407 met inclusion criteria and were further reviewed. Most common hypnosis app targets were weight loss (23%), boosting self-esteem (20%), and relaxation/stress reduction (19%); 83% of apps delivered hypnosis via audio track, and 37% allowed tailoring. Less than 14% of apps reported disclaimers. None of the apps reported having been tested for efficacy, and none reported being evidence based. Although apps have the potential to enhance hypnosis delivery, it seems as though technology has raced ahead of the supporting science. Recommendations from clinical researchers and policy makers are needed to inform responsible hypnosis app development and use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-474
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2013

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