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The study that influenced Blue Shield to use our guided imagery recordings was by Henry Bennett PhD and Henry Dreher. It was published in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine and entitled Interventions for Surgery: Evidence and Exigency, Vol. 14, No. 3, 1998. This article subsequently became a chapter in one of Henry Dreher’s books, Mind Body Unity (Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2003).
This was a randomized, double blinded, placebo controlled study with 335 surgery patients at UC Davis (completed at Penn State), which showed that our Successful Surgery imagery reduced length of stay, pain, and blood loss significantly more than 3 other audio interventions. Most of the tapes reduced anxiety. The Hemi-Sync tape reduced anxiety the most and increased blood loss the most.
Blue Shield then did a study of their own, resulting in even more dramatic outcomes - a cost savings of $2003.07 per patient and considerably reduced anxiety. That study was recently accepted for publication by Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, and should be out shortly.
I hope this helps.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award
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