Misophonia: A scoping review of research



Potgieter I, MacDonald C, Partridge L, Cima R, Sheldrake J & Hoare DJ (2019) Misophonia: A scoping review of research. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75 (7), pp. 1203-1218.

Objective To scope the literature describing misophonia populations, management, and research opportunities. Method Literature searches for research studies describing patients diagnosed with misophonia, defining a patient profile, or outlining development or testing of an intervention for misophonia. A data extraction form was developed and piloted before data from each article were independently charted by two researchers. Researchers then agreed on a final data set for each article. Results Thirty‐one records were included. The misophonia population was described in terms of onset age, triggers, reaction, coping strategies, and comorbid conditions. We identified nine outcome measures. Case studies on treatments included cognitive behavioral therapy, counterconditioning, mindfulness and acceptance, dialectical behavioral therapy, and pharmaceuticals. Future research priorities identified included clarifying the phenomenology and prevalence of misophonia, and randomized controlled trials of treatments. Conclusion Misophonia is under‐researched but there are strong foundations for future research to finalize diagnostic criteria, validate outcome measures, and trial treatments.

diagnosis; outcome measures; psychotherapy; research priorities

Journal of Clinical Psychology: Volume 75, Issue 7

FundersNational Institute for Health Research
Publication date31/07/2019
Publication date online11/03/2019
Date accepted by journal16/02/2019

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Mrs Carol MacDonald
Mrs Carol MacDonald

Teaching Fellow, Psychology