Exploratory Controlled Study of the Impact of a Hypnosis-Based Intervention on the Couple's Communication and Coping in the Context of Cancer.


Grégoire C(1)(2), Faymonville ME(2)(3), Vanhaudenhuyse A(2)(3), Charland-Verville V(4), Jerusalem G(5), Willems S(1), Bragard I(6).
Author information:
(1)Faculty of Psychology, Speech Therapy and Educational Sciences, Liège, Belgium.
(2)Sensation and Perception Research Group, GIGA Consciousness, University of Liège, Belgium.
(3)Interdisciplinary Algology Centre, CHU, Liège, Belgium.
(4)GIGA-Consciousness, Coma Science Group & Neurology Department, University and CHU of Liège, Belgium.
(5)Medical Oncology Department, CHU Liège and University of Liège, Belgium.
(6)Research and Continuing Education Department, Haute Ecole Libre Mosane
(Helmo), Liège, Belgium.


Emotional distress, communication, and dyadic coping difficulties are common among cancer patients and their partners. Hypnosis-based interventions can improve emotional distress in patients. We designed a group intervention combining self-hypnosis and self-care techniques. We hypothesized an effect of the intervention on emotional distress, conjugal communication, and dyadic coping, considered in patients and their partners. Our exploratory controlled study included 55 women with cancer and 55 partners. Participants completed questionnaires before and after the intervention, which was delivered to patients only. No significant effect of the intervention was revealed for patients or partners. Positive correlations between patients' and partners' communication and dyadic coping were revealed. However, to address couples' or partners' difficulties, interventions specifically designed for couples or partners must be tested.