Sara Booth

Dr Sara Booth

BSCAH: An introduction to the use of Hypnosis in Palliative Care

Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 08:30 – 09:30
Room: Purbeck Lounge

I am now retired from the NHS – but I was Founder-Clinical Director of the Palliative Care service at Addenbrookes and of the Breathlessness Intervention Service. I remain involved in breathlessness research having pioneered palliative care research in this area and written papers, chapters and lectured widely on the subject. I qualified in medical hypnosis by studying for a Diploma in Hypnosis at the Department of Psychology at UCL. I became interested in this area as it is a way of giving patients some control over their symptoms, (bearing in mind the limitations of our pharmacological approaches) and psychological distress. It is also very creative, enabling people to extend their horizons at a time of great loss. I found it easy to integrate into NHS clinical practice and highly acceptable to patients. I am also interested in and training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

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