Alternatives to drugs for managing pain | Letters

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Readers respond to a piece about opioid prescriptions and how doctors can help patients with long-term pain

Dr Ann Robinson (Prescribing for pain is out of control. Doctors need new tools, 16 September) speaks eloquently about the limitations of drugs and the difficulties GPs have in managing patients with long-term pain. However, I remain amazed that she does not mention the use of hypnosis techniques to manage chronic pain.

In the field of pain management, there is a huge body of research demonstrating how effective hypnosis can be. All over the world, hypnosis is used for pain control by health professionals, while in the UK it remains marginalised and underfunded, although millions are spent on ineffective drugs and people continue to suffer.

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