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Evidence and Exigency of audio interventions to pre-surgery patients undergoing lengthy surgeries

14 Jun
A randomized, double blinded, placebo controlled study with 335 surgery patients at UC Davis (completed at Hershey College of Medicine at Penn. State) randomly assigned one of five audio interventions to pre-surgery patients undergoing lengthy surgeries. The tapes included Affirmations, Hemi-Sync, Didactic Explanation, Guided Imagery and a control tape of whooshing sounds. Outcomes revealed that most of the interventions significantly reduced anxiety; but only the guided imagery significantly reduced length of stay and blood loss. The Hemi-Sync tape actually increased blood loss.

Citation: Bennett H, Dreher H, Interventions for Surgery: Evidence and Exigency. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 3, 1998. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Belleruth Naparstek

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