There has been a great deal of criticism about relying too much on drugs to calm patients down in consideration of the serious side effects which are possible with these drugs. Furthermore it generally seems as if the drugs don’t actually target what the underlying cause of anxieties may be. A new study points to a refreshing view that soothing words have more to offer than pills to calm anxious patients reports the American Society of Anesthesiologists on Oct. 27, 2015.
Medication is often given to patients who are headed for surgery in order to ease the fears they are being confronted with. However it appears that some calming words from their doctors may actually prove to be more effective medicine. New research has suggested that what is known as “conversational hypnosis” may do a more effective job than pills to help relax patients prior to anesthesia and surgery. With this technique the anesthesiologist uses calm, positive words to help the patient focus away from anxiety causing fears and to feel more comfortable. This innovative approach to how a physician interacts with the patient only takes a few minutes.
Medical Daily reports with “conversational hypnosis” it has been observed that words really do more than pills to lessen anxiety in surgery patients. Anybody who is heading for surgery will naturally have anxious feelings. Standard procedure is to give the patients a dose of anxiety medicine which is generally hydroxyzine. But according to a new study just a few calm words from the physician or anesthesiologist is more effective at decreasing patient anxiety than pills.
“Conversational hypnosis” has been found by researchers to be very helpful before surgery as a substitute for drugs. Dr. Emmanuel Boselli, who is the lead author of the study and a physician anesthesiologist at Édouard Herriot Hospital in France, has said in a press release “conversational hypnosis” can be used before surgery in conscious patients who are having local or regional anesthesia. This could also be helpful prior to general anesthesia to lessen patient anxiety.
There may also be implications for reducing anxiety outside of the hospital setting. Finding ways to reduce anxiety without the use of medications can help people find more sustainable ways to avoid high, damaging levels of stress. It has been suggested by this study that “conversational hypnosis” may offer hope for 3.3 million American adults who suffer from anxiety disorders. It’s nice to see some humanism coming back into the practice of medicine.