Patients were asked to rate their pain and anxiety levels immediately before and after the massage intervention, or were asked whether the guided imagery intervention was helpful for pain, anxiety, or insomnia.
The massage intervention showed an immediate and significant reduction in self-reported pain and anxiety (P < .001); likewise, a significant number of patients self-reported that the guided imagery helped alleviate pain, anxiety, and insomnia (P < .001).
The investigators conclude that clinical massage and guided imagery can benefit patients in progressive care.
Citation: Patricolo GE, LaVoie A, Slavin B, Richards NL, Jagow D, Armstrong K Beneficial Effects of Guided Imagery or Clinical Massage on the Status of Patients in a Progressive Care Unit. Critical Care Nurse. 2017 Feb;37 (1): pages 62-69. doi: 10.4037/ccn2017282.
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