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.
Reprint requests to Diane L. Tusek, Guided Imagery, Inc., 2937 Lamplight Lane, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094; e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.guidedimageryinc.net.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2000) 11 (1): 68–76.
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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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