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The Effects of Guided Imagery on Comfort in Palliative Care
Univ Porto, Portugal;Portugal Ctr Evidence Based Practice, Portugal.
Univ Porto, Portugal;Portugal Ctr Evidence Based Practice, Portugal.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. (Ctr Collaborat Palliat Care)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3155-575x
Univ Porto, Portugal.
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1522-2179, E-ISSN 1539-0705, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 392-399Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Guided imagery (GI) is a nonpharmacological intervention that is increasingly implemented in different clinical contexts. However, there have been no studies on the effect of GI on the comfort of inpatients of palliative care (PC) units. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of GI on the comfort of patients in PC. A 1-group, pretest-posttest, pre-experimental design was used to measure differences in heart rate, respiratory rate, pain, and comfort in patients (n = 26) before and after a 2-session GI program. The intervention featuring GI increased comfort, measured by an Abbreviated Holistic Comfort Scale and the visual analog comfort scale (P < .001), and decreased heart rate (P < .001), respiratory rate (P < .001), and pain, as measured by the (numerical) visual analog pain scale (P < .001). This study demonstrates that the use of an intervention featuring GI increases the comfort of oncology patients admitted to a PC unit. The use of GI by nurses is inexpensive, straightforward to implement, and readily available and may result in the provision of comfort care.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2018. Vol. 20, no 4, p. 392-399
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comfort care, guided imagery, nursing, palliative care
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77385DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000460ISI: 000439524700010PubMedID: 30063633Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050161155OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77385DiVA, id: diva2:1243216
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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