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October 2021

Guided imagery and music with hospice patients

Author(s): Blom, R. C.

Journal/Book: Music therapy Perspectives. 1986; Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. National Association for Music Therapy 8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 930 20910 Silver Spring, Maryland USA. journal article.

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to describe the music relaxation process, guided imagery, and patient responses to imagery used with hospice patients. Two hospice patients were subjects in individual case studies. A variety of music was used with each subject; both preferred selections and unfamiliar music. Music and guided imagery were used to help facilitate pain control, and help patients reminisce about their lives. This procedure also provided each with opportunities to control some aspect of their life, to be creative, and to temporarily feel safe and secure. Descriptions of how imagery and music were adapted to the needs of each patient are also presented.

Keyword(s): GIM, guided-imagery, guided-imagery-and-music, terminal-illness, relaxation-training, pain.


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