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.

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