Guided Imagery: Reducing Anxiety, Depression, and Selected Side Effects Associated With Chemotherapy.

Guided Imagery: Reducing Anxiety, Depression, and Selected Side Effects Associated With Chemotherapy. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Oct 01;23(5):E87-E92 Authors: Mahdizadeh MJ, Tirgari B, Abadi OSRR, Bahaadinbeigy K Abstract BACKGROUND: Cancer treatment can be a great source of anxiety and depression for patients. Patients who experience anxiety and depression may be treated with a variety of nonpharmacologic treatments, such as guided imagery. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this article is to determine the effect of guided imagery on patients' anxiety, depression, and other selected side effects prompted by chemotherapy. METHODS: This pre- and postintervention assessment randomly selected patients with various types of cancer who were undergoing chemotherapy to listen to a guided imagery audio file for 20 minutes per day for one week. Data collection included a demographic questionnaire, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the Symptom Distress Scale. FINDINGS: A significant decrease in anxiety and depression was noted in the intervention group compared to the control group. No reduction in the mean score for anxiety and depression was observed postintervention for the control group. In addition, patients in the intervention group showed improvement in all side effect categories. Patients in the intervention group reported the greatest rate of improvement in the items of pain, insomnia, appetite, and nausea. PMID: 31538976 [PubMed - ...
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CONCLUSION: In a context of impairments in mental functioning, sexual enjoyment, symptoms burden, and poor future self-health perspective, breast cancer produced a mean HSU of 0.712. After a period of routine care, there was a small improvement in quality of life, however lower utility estimates were particularly observed in patients with advanced disease and undergoing multiple chemotherapy regimens. PMID: 31106611 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research - Category: Health Management Tags: Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res Source Type: research
“Once you learn the art of relaxation, everything happens spontaneously and effortlessly.” – Amma During hectic times, it’s tough to remember that relaxation is more than a luxury. In fact, humans need to relax to maintain balance in their lives. Work stress, family strife, and mounting responsibilities can exact a tremendous toll. Relaxing should be at the top of the list as a healthy coping measure and as a rewarding self-gift. Why do we so often neglect this healing self-care? Do you know the healthiest ways to relax your mind, body and soul? Perhaps the biggest obstacle to relaxing is that some ...
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Karin Meissner1,2*, Nicola Talsky1, Elisabeth Olliges1,2, Carmen Jacob1,3,4, Oliver J. Stötzer5, Christoph Salat5, Michael Braun6 and Raluca Flondor1 1Institute of Medical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, LMU Munich, Munich, Germany 2Division of Health Promotion, Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany 3Clinical Neurosciences, Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom 4Wessex Neurological Centre, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, United Kingdom 5Haematology and Oncology, Outpatient Cancer Ca...
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Conclusion: Although pelvic RT deteriorated HRQoL in patients with gynecologic malignancy, HRQoL improved during the follow-up period. The progressive disease had a negative impact on HRQoL.
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ConclusionsOur nurse‐led psychological intervention programme might reduce patients’ uncertainty and encourage them to be proactive and self‐controllable. Relevance to clinical practiceNurse‐led psychological intervention programmes should be implemented to reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life in patients with breast cancer, particularly those at a high risk of depression.
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ConclusionsOur nurse‐led psychological intervention program might reduce patients’ uncertainty and encourage them to be pro‐active and self‐controllable. Relevance to clinical practiceNurse‐led psychological intervention programs should be implemented to reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life in patients with breast cancer, particularly those at a high risk of depression.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -- Lao Tzu Over the last few weeks, the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the president of the United States have all separately hit the emergency button over the subject of chronic pain treatment and opioid pain killers. Concerns over the rising tide of pain killer addiction, accidental overdose deaths, and a carryover effect causing a steep rise in heroin use have made this a "code blue" emergency for Washington. President Obama has made it clear that addressing the opioid epidemic is now an administ...
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Conclusion This study showed that sociodemographic and clinical factors were associated with CRF levels over time among CRC survivors; however, behavior/well-being and functional status explained a larger part of the variance in levels of CRF.
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