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Holistic Nursing Practice:
doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31828b6270
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Effects of a Guided Imagery Intervention on Stress in Hospitalized Pregnant Women: A Pilot Study

Jallo, Nancy PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, CNS; Cozens, Roberta MS, WHNP-BC, CNS; Smith, Melanie W. PhD; Simpson, Rachael I. MSN, RN

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Abstract

Using repeated-measures pre-/posttest design, the effects of guided imagery on maternal stress in 19 hospitalized pregnant women were examined. Mean stress and systolic blood pressure measurements postintervention were significantly lower than mean levels before listening to the guided imagery CD. All participants identified benefits of this holistic intervention. The study provides preliminary evidence that a guided imagery intervention may be effective in reducing maternal stress in hospitalized pregnant women and supports the feasibility of conducting a randomized clinical trial to further support incorporating this intervention into care.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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