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Guided Imagery, Biofeedback, and Hypnosis: A Map of the Evidence

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Systematic Review - guided-imagery Beyond Early Adopters

Prepared by:
Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP) Center Portland VA Health Care System Portland, OR
Devan Kansagara, MD, MCR, Director

Recommended citation:
Freeman M, Ayers C, Kondo K, Noonan K, O'Neil M, Morasco B, and Kansagara D. Guided imagery, Biofeedback, and Hypnosis: A Map of the Evidence. VA ESP Project #05-225; 2019.



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Introduction

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) established the Integrative Health Coordinating Center (IHCC) with the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT) to aid in development and implementation of complementary and integrative health (CIH) strategies across the VHA. This topic was nominated by Dr. Ben Kligler, National Director of the Coordinating Center for Integrative Health (IHCC) and Laura Krejci, Associate Director of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT). The purpose of this report is to provide a broad overview of the effectiveness of guided imagery, biofeedback, and hypnosis, and the health conditions for which these interventions have been examined in systematic reviews, in the form of evidence maps. The evidence maps will be used to guide and support decision-making about these treatment modalities in the VHA.

Key Questions

KQ1: In which populations has guided imagery been examined, and what is the evidence of effectiveness and harms in each of these populations?

KQ2: In which populations has biofeedback been examined, and what is the evidence of effectiveness and harms in each of these populations?

KQ3: In which populations has hypnosis been examined, and what is the evidence of effectiveness and harms in each of these populations?

See also

Guided Imagery, Biofeedback, and Hypnosis: A Map of the Evidence (Management eBrief)

Guided Imagery, Biofeedback, and Hypnosis: A Map of the Evidence (Cyberseminar)

Kondo K, Noonan K, Freeman M, et al. Efficacy of Biofeedback for Medical Conditions: An Evidence Map. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Published online first on August 14, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05215-z

Review: Biofeedback could help treat a number of conditions. Washington, DC: AAAS EurekAlert! News Release; August 27, 2019. https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/varc-rbc082719.php. Accessed September 5, 2019.

Horrom T. Review: Biofeedback could help treat a number of conditions. Washington, DC: VA Research Currents. August 20, 2019. https://www.research.va.gov/currents/0819-Biofeedback-could-help-treat-a-number-of-conditions.cfm. Accessed September 10, 2019.