The Proposed Task Force Hypnosis Efficacy Guidelines: The Role of Moderation and Mediation in Efficacy Trials

Translated title of the contribution: The Proposed Task Force Hypnosis Efficacy Guidelines: The Role of Moderation and Mediation in Efficacy Trials

Guy H. Montgomery, Irving Kirsch

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Abstract

Hypnosis interventions have too often failed to disseminate, in part because of the relatively few high-quality, randomized clinical trials. The Task Force proposes efficacy guidelines, which are intended to improve the quality of clinical hypnosis research and thereby increase dissemination of beneficial hypnosis interventions. However, the Task Force, in muddying the focus on efficacy with opinions about moderation and mediation, proposes guidelines that are likely to: (1) weaken efficacy findings; (2) increase participant mistrust; (3) make efficacy trials more cumbersome; and, (4) treat hypnosis as though it were something other than a time-honored form of talk therapy. While applauding the Task Force’s intentions, the current recommendations could be changed to better accomplish their goal of increasing hypnosis dissemination and implementation.

Translated title of the contributionThe Proposed Task Force Hypnosis Efficacy Guidelines: The Role of Moderation and Mediation in Efficacy Trials
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-219
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Volume70
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Dissemination; guidelines
  • hypnosis

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