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NEUBERN, Maurício da Silva. Hypnosis and pain: proposal of a clinical and qualitative research methodology. PsicoUSF [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.2, pp. 201-209. ISSN 1413-8271.

The purpose of this work is to present a proposal of clinical and qualitative methodology for the study of the relationship between hypnosis and pain. Initially, the pretension of attributing scientific legitimacy exclusively to statistical approaches on the theme is criticized. Then, some premises of the clinical and qualitative methodology are underlined, such as the construction of reality and information, esthetic and technical dimensions of therapeutic relationship and conception of pain as a subjective process. An illustrative clinical vignette is used so as to highlight the steps and processes of the research, such as the use of records and interpretative processes. The article is concluded emphasizing that the pertinence of this methodology is, basically, on its approach of relationship subjective dimension between pain and hypnosis and in its conceiving of the context as a set of processes that should not be isolated, but integrated into the research.

Keywords : Qualitative methodology; Clinical psychology; Hypnosis; Pain; Subjectivity.

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