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L’hypnose comme outil pour les soins pharmaceutiques : une étude pilote Volume 43, issue 1, Mars 2024

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Authors
1 Hôpital Paris Saint-Joseph, département pharmacie, Paris, France ; Université Paris Nanterre, Centre de recherche éducation et formation (CREF) - UR 1589, Nanterre, France
2 Paris-Saclay University, Faculty of pharmacy, Chatenay Malabry, France
3 College Hypnosis & Integrative Therapies of Paris, France
4 Bicêtre Hospital, pharmacy department, Le Kremlin Bicêtre, France ; Inserm UMR_S 999, Marie Lannelongue Hospital, Le Plessis Robinson, France
* Correspondence : S Renet

Background

Pharmaceutical act is a real exchange. Hypnosis has proven its effectiveness in the medical world to improve communication and patient support.

Objectives

To explore hypnosis in pharmacy practice; to propose a practical guide.

Methods

We realized a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews with practitioners; A practical guide for pharmacists.

Results

Hypnosis is unknown in pharmacy. Questionnaire (102 respondents) and semi-structured interviews (4 practitioners) showed hypnosis can improve: communication with patients and team members; compliance; new services (i.e. immunization); management of emergency situations; patient support in smoking cessation and lifestyle and dietary measures; personal development of pharmacy team members. Informal hypnosis (conversational and Ericksonian) is the best way to integrate in pharmacy practice, using positive language, diversion, (self-)suggestions and metaphor techniques. It could be done at the counter or a private room, in community and hospital pharmacy. We first proposed a 6-steps practical guide to implement hypnosis.

Conclusions

Hypnosis has its place in pharmacies, provided that training and legal framework are strengthened.