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Behavioral treatment of Raynaud's disease


In order to assess the efficacy of a behavioral intervention in the treatment of idiopathic Raynaud's disease, 30 female patients were trained to control their digital skin temperature using autogenic training or a combination of autogenic training and skin temperature feedback either in the laboratory or at home. All trained subjects demonstrated a significant ability to maintain digital skin temperature in the presence of a cold stress challenge and reported significant reductions in both frequency and intensity of vasospastic attacks. The addition of skin temperature feedback to autogenic training did not provide additional clinical benefit.

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This research was supported by National Institute of Mental Health Research Grant MH-25104 to Richard S. Surwit.

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Surwit, R.S., Pilon, R.N. & Fenton, C.H. Behavioral treatment of Raynaud's disease. J Behav Med 1, 323–335 (1978).

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Key words

  • autogenic training
  • biofeedback
  • digital skin temperature
  • Raynaud's disease