The Institute has focussed on three key areas which have so far held back the widespread availability of hypnosis to patients and practitioners.
- some medical and dental practitioners have carried out work of exceptional quality with very successful outcomes in hypnosis, but information about this has not been disseminated widely to the profession
- medical and dental practice is based on the expectation that the practitioner will provide products and services to the patient - hypnosis involves a cooperative process between practitioner and patient and most practitioners are too busy d evelop a method of doing this within the structure of their existing practice
- there is a lack of an effective mechanism for lay Hypnotherapists, who constitute the most numerous and active practitioners of hypnosis, to cooperate with the medical and dental professions - most existing arrangements are small-scale, ad hoc and local
IHMDP has been founded to bridge these gaps, with the principal aims of
- providing working, evidence-based and effective models for hypnosis to be made available to patients in existing practice structures
- making available to medical and dental practitioners the latest research on the use of hypnosis in their areas of practice
- providing training for medical and dental practitioners in the use of hypnosis and for suitably qualified lay Hypnotherapists in specific medical applications of hypnosis so they can practise in a safe and effective manner and to enable both groups to cooperate in providing the best service for the patient