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Strategies for implementing a guided imagery program to enhance patient experience.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11040554     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The patient in acute care settings can have severe emotional and physical stresses that are also experienced by family and significant others. The experience in a hospital has often been described as overwhelming; it can evoke feelings of fear, anger, helplessness, and isolation. Guided imagery, one of the most well-studied complementary therapies, is used increasingly to improve patients' experiences and healthcare outcomes. More and more, patients are relying on the use of guided imagery to provide a significant source of strength, support, and courage as they prepare for a procedure or manage the stresses of a hospital stay. This article provides a brief review of the research base for guided imagery and broad indications for its use. It describes key elements of the therapy and outlines steps to implement a program of guided imagery that can be used in variety of settings.
D L Tusek; R E Cwynar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AACN clinical issues     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1079-0713     ISO Abbreviation:  AACN Clin Issues     Publication Date:  2000 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-18     Completed Date:  2000-12-18     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508191     Medline TA:  AACN Clin Issues     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  68-76     Citation Subset:  N    
Guided Imagery, Inc., Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease / nursing,  psychology
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Critical Care / economics,  methods*,  psychology*
Holistic Nursing / economics,  methods*
Imagery (Psychotherapy) / economics,  methods*
Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
Program Development
Social Support

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