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Keywords:

  • hypnosis;
  • chronic daily headache

SYNOPSIS

A study to examine the feasibility of using the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A (HGSHS)as a screening instrument was undertaken at an inpatient headache treatment program. Nine patients diagnosedwith chronic daily headache and drug rebound were administered the HGSHS. Analysis of the results showed nosignificant difference in hypnotic susceptibility when headache patients were compared to a control group. Aftertaking the HGSHS, three of the five subjects who had headache at the time of testing reported a 25% reduction inpain, one was unchanged, and one reported a 13% increase in pain. The results obtained did notsuggest acorrelation between level of hypnotic susceptibility and reduction of headache.