Nurses’ perception of integrating an innovative clinical hypnosis–derived intervention into outpatient chemotherapy treatments

Danny Hjeij, Karine Bilodeau, David Ogez, Marjorie Tremblay, Gilles Lavigne, Pierre Rainville, Caroline Arbour


Introduction: Conversational hypnosis (CH) is known to optimize the management of symptoms resulting from antineoplastic treatment. However, the perception of nurses who have been called upon to integrate this practice into their care has yet to be documented. 

Goal: Describe how nurses perceive the integration of CH into chemotherapy-related care. 

Methods: Individual interviews and an iterative analysis were conducted with six nurses who had previous experience in CH in an outpatient oncology clinic. 

Findings: Six themes emerged: 1) the outpatient oncology clinic, a saturated care setting; 2) the key elements supporting the integration of CH into care; 3) an added value for patients; 4) a positive and rewarding experience for nurses; 5) collateral benefits; and 6) CH, an approach that warrants consideration amid the pandemic. 

Conclusion: These findings shed light on nurses’ unique point of view regarding the challenges and benefits of integrating CH into oncology care.

Keywords: cancer, outpatient chemotherapy, conversational hypnosis, nursing

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