Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Music Therapy, Guided Imagery Lower Pain, Anxiety. (Women Post-Op)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Music Therapy, Guided Imagery Lower Pain, Anxiety. (Women Post-Op)

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NEW ORLEANS -- Brief music therapy sessions with guided imagery were useful for reducing postoperative pain, anxiety, and medication use during the postoperative period in a recent study of women undergoing major gynecologic surgery.

In 81 patients randomized to receive 30 minutes of music and guided imagery therapy or 30 minutes of "quiet time" on the mornings of postoperative days 1-3, the 44 patients in the treatment group had significantly greater improvement in outcome measures than the 37 patients in the control group, reported Dr. Luis E. Mendez of the University of Miami.

Outcome measures included pain and anxiety, assessed using the Visual Analog Scale; medication use, measured in equivalent morphine doses; pulse rate; and mean arterial blood pressure, according to Dr. Mendez, who spoke at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Patients in the two groups were similar in age, marital status, procedures performed, smoking status, past medical and surgical history, and baseline measures of pain, anxiety, pulse, and mean arterial blood pressure. …

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