Supportive Care

Active Despite Pain: Patient Experiences With Guided Imagery With Relaxation Compared to Planned Rest

Mope T. Adeola

Carol L. Baird

Laura Sands

Nancy Longoria

Una Henry

Jacqueline Nielsen

Cleveland G. Shields

guided imagery with relaxation, cancer pain, cancer and rest, cancer and sleep
CJON 2015, 19(6), 649-652. DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.649-652

Inadequate pain control remains a threat to the quality of life of patients with cancer. Guided imagery with relaxation (GIR) is a mind-body therapy that has shown promise in reducing chronic pain. This article discusses a qualitative, descriptive study for which the objective was to compare the experiences of patients with cancer with reported pain using GIR compared to planned rest.

At a Glance

  • Patients with cancer who report pain often have ongoing pain despite active pain management strategies.
  • Patients with cancer often carry out many activities of daily living in the presence of cancer pain.
  • Guided imagery with relaxation, which involves use of the imagination to create mental images to alter pain experiences, may reduce cancer pain.
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