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How hypnotherapy referrals can help improve patient compliance, outcomes and patient satisfaction
Hypnotherapy has been proven effective in the amelioration of several difficult, intractable conditions that frustrate many physicians. Referring such cases to a qualified medical hypnotherapist can improve patient outcomes and boost compliance, while increasing your patients' satisfaction with your practice. Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based modality that has been applied effectively in the relief of a wide range of medical, dental and mental health conditions and disorders. Among them, I work with the following:
- Chronic pain relief
- Stress reduction
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
- Bruxism and TMJ
- Environmental allergies
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Hypnotherapy has also been proven effective for many clinical matters I often address, such as the management of emotional and behavioral issues including post-traumatic stress (PTSD), low self-esteem, phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
According to hypnotherapy researcher and author Michael Yapko, Ph.D., hypnotherapists make use of naturally occurring altered states of consciousness and focused attention to help people amplify their existing strengths and abilities. Empowering people to alleviate their own symptoms can lead to better outcomes and lower healthcare costs overall. When your patients are more satisfied, of course your practice retention improves as well.
Patient nonadherence can be both costly and deadly
Patient noncompliance with lifestyle changes is a major factor in adverse outcomes. Hypnotherapy is particularly effective with the three most common lifestyle changes advised by healthcare providers:
- Stop smoking
- Lose weight
- Reduce stress
According to a literature review study published in The Journal of Applied Research in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, "costs as a result of patient noncompliance are estimated at $100 billion a year and are the result of adverse outcomes such as hospitalization, development of complications, disease progression, premature disability, or death." Only half of all chronically ill patients take medicines as directed, and many don't even bother to get the prescription filled, according to a 2003 World Health Organization study.
According to several studies, a lack of rapport with a healthcare provider, and lack of consultative time with patients, both contribute to nonadherence. This is often driven by the time pressures of managed care. Because hypnotherapy sessions typically last from 45 minutes to 90 minutes, hypnotherapists have more time to build rapport and educate patients about the importance of following their physician's instructions regarding medications and lifestyle changes.
Non-smoking, slender, low-stress patients are healthier
Physicians are often frustrated when patients ignore their advice to stop smoking or lose weight. Patients are just as frustrated, especially those patients who cannot afford expensive diet plans, weight loss surgery, or stop smoking medications. Side effects from medication, and complications from weight loss surgery, also discourage many patients from making the changes their physicians suggest.
Hypnotherapy is especially effective in helping patients make lifestyle changes most often prescribed by their doctors: lose weight, stop smoking, and reduce stress. In fact, when it comes to just one chronic condition — diabetes — stopping smoking and losing weight can reduce risk factors by about 40%, according to an NIH study.
Chronic stress — and associated presence of stress hormones like cortisol — interferes with the immune system, which makes your patients susceptible to other acute and chronic illnesses. Cortisol also interferes with blood sugar regulation, reproductive functions, digestive system functioning, and many other bodily functions. Hypnotherapy has been proven clinically effective to help people lose weight, stop tobacco use, and reduce stress. The effects of hypnotherapy persist beyond the end of sessions with the hypnotherapist, and hypnotherapy does not expose your patient to the risks of surgery or drug side effects.
Keeping patients satisfied helps you keep your patients, period
Satisfied patients are less likely to leave your practice, or worse, be so non-compliant that you are forced to dismiss them. Even if you're personally unable to help them resolve a particular issue, patients appreciate and respect your referral to other medical professionals who are able to assist them.
I welcome and appreciate referrals. Medical hypnosis begins with the patient's doctor or therapist - please print, complete, and fax me this hypnosis prescription form, and encourage your patient to add and message manifest_positivity on Skype, write me a note, or use the Viber app to call my mobile number from anywhere in the world +1 707-845-3749 for an appointment. At your request, I will provide you with a pad of hypnosis prescription forms so you don't have to print them in the future.
Professionalism and Ethics
I do not diagnose, prescribe for, treat or speak in terms of curing medical conditions. I offer medical hypnosis in conjunction with licensed medical, dental and mental health professionals to help your patients manage or eliminate symptoms, enjoy more successful outcomes, and successfully comply with your treatment plans. Hypnosis and NLP are considered “complementary care.”
A referral is required if the patient is or has been medically treated for a condition related to the services sought from me, or if the services sought relate to chronic pain, allergies or other condition deemed medical in nature. Doctor-recommended hypnotherapy may be initiated with a signed hypnosis prescription form that you can fax to me at the number on the form. Your patient is still responsible for contacting me about scheduling an appointment, after which my intake paperwork will secure permission allowing me to update you on their progress. I maintain patient confidentiality in compliance with the law at all times.
Hypnosis News and Research
Hypnosis is evidence-based. This section presents research studies, journal articles and other forms of media that might be more easily digested by patients with reservations or misconceptions about hypnotherapy based on stereotypes from pop culture references or stage shows.
Hypnosis For Cancer Care - CA Cancer Journal For Clinicians (.pdf) NOTE: Click here for a free CME/CNE credit quiz based on this paper.
Retrain the Brain to Reduce Pain - The Doctor’s Channel (video - free registration required)
Deepening Sleep by Hypnotic Suggestion - Sleep Journal (abstract; two doctors discuss in RadioMD podcast here)