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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Complementary and Alternative Therapies| February 01 2000
Strategies for Implementing a Guided Imagery Program to Enhance Patient Experience
Diane L. Tusek, RN, BSN;
From Guided Imagery, Inc., Willoughby Hills, Ohio, and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2000) 11 (1): 68–76.
Diane L. Tusek, Roberta E. Cwynar; Strategies for Implementing a Guided Imagery Program to Enhance Patient Experience. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 2000; 11 (1): 68–76. doi:
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