Holistic Nursing Practice

Skip Navigation LinksHome > May/June 2013 - Volume 27 - Issue 3 > Effects of a Guided Imagery Intervention on Stress in Hospit...
Holistic Nursing Practice:
doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31828b6270

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

Collapse Box


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.


Article Tools


Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.