About this event

  • Date and time Fri 29 Jan 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, Pain Medicine

This webinar will show you how to reduce the suffering experienced by patients undergoing painful procedures. Expert Dr Elvira V. Lang, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO of Comfort Talk, will show how language and rapport can enable clinicians to reduce the suffering of patients undergoing unpleasant procedures. 

This webinar will also introduce informal approaches of procedural hypnosis with a focus on the powers of word choice and how to avoid the adverse effects of negative suggestions. 

Based on extensive clinical trials and clinical practice, this webinar builds on 25 years of experience with hypnotic techniques of managing patient anxiety and pain surrounding medical/dental procedures. 

CPD applied. 

This webinar will:

  • Provide an introduction to informal approaches of procedural hypnosis and focus on the powers of word choice, and how to avoid adverse effects of negative suggestions. 
  • Help you learn how to build rapport instantly, reduce patient anxiety and moderate the effect of painful stimuli. 
  • Identify rapid hypnotic techniques demonstrated with a sample script of a formal induction.
  • Be supplemented with findings from a recent clinical trial at Tufts Dental School. 

This webinar is organised jointly by the RSM Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, the RSM Pain Medicine Section, and is in association with the British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH).

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Key speakers

Dr Elvira V. Lang

Dr Elvira V. Lang, MD, PhD 

Founder and CEO of Comfort Talk, Former Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, USA. 


Speaker's biography

Elvira Lang, MD, PhD is an award-winning interventional radiologist known for research about the clinical effectiveness and cost savings of pre and intra-procedural nonpharmacologic analgesia adjuncts. She held faculty positions at the University of Heidelberg, Stanford University, the University of Iowa, and Harvard Medical School. With a substantive government-funded research program she demonstrated in three large-scale prospective randomized studies with more than 700 patients that guidance is self-hypnotic relaxation on the procedure table reduces pain, anxiety, drug use, and complications. This work provided much of the evidence-based foundation for widespread acceptance of procedural hypnosis. In >150 research papers and chapters, Dr Lang has presented and analysed medical procedures and interactions with healthcare professionals as well as the effects of patients’ age and disposition on outcomes. She developed and rigorously tested training in methods of advanced rapport skills and hypnoidal language for busy healthcare professionals who have no extra time to spare. This experience culminated in the creation of Comfort Talk®. She oversaw further multicentre trials on the training of MRI teams in Comfort Talk® encompassing >125,000 patient visits which yielded impressive improvements in patients’ satisfaction and ability to complete examinations at the participant sites. She is working with Toronto Hospital for Sick Children on a clinical trial on improving the perioperative and postoperative experience surrounding cardiac interventions. Her research work has been acknowledged with the Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence for a Lifetime of Published Experimental Work.

After having co-authored the book “Patient Sedation Without Medication” for medical personnel she published “Managing Your Medical Experience,” a book for patients’ use. Dr Lang has been featured extensively in the popular press and on television.


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Dr Maureen Tilford, Former GP, Council Member, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Council Member, British Society for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis and Member, Philosophy and Ethics Special Interest Group of the British Pain Society
Speaker introduction

Professor Mark P. Jensen, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine University of Washington Medical Centre, Seattle, USA

Hypnosis for Procedural Pain

Dr Elvira V. Lang, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO of Comfort Talk, Former Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, USA

Questions and answers

Professor Mark P. Jensen, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine University of Washington Medical Centre, Seattle, USA

End of webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

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