The Effects of Hypnosis on Acute Pain Among Adolescents Undergoing Surgical Pectus Excavatum Repair
In the United States, approximately four million surgical procedures are performed on children every year. Unfortunately, severe post-surgical pain is common. Children are at risk for the development of chronic postsurgical pain and the deterioration of their health-related quality of life when moderate to severe postsurgical pain exists one month after a surgical procedure. Despite the significant negative effects that postsurgical pain can have on a child, it is often inadequately assessed and treated because of the incorrect perception that children neither endure or feel pain, nor respond to or remember painful experiences to the same extent as adults. Although past research has documented the positive effects of children and adolescents learning hypnosis prior to undergoing painful procedures, research that assesses the effectiveness of hypnosis for this population is lacking. Addressing these challenges will provide health professionals with evidence based data and a process to address concerns that could eventually have a positive impact on postoperative pain management among this population.
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Introduction -- Review of the literature -- Methodology -- results -- Discussion -- Appendix A. Data sharing agreement -- Appendix B. Elizabeth Edmundson CITI certificate