Using guided imagery to reduce pain and anxiety

Home Healthc Nurse. 2000 Sep;18(8):524-30; quiz 531. doi: 10.1097/00004045-200009000-00010.


Guided imagery is a therapeutic technique that allows a person to use his or her own imagination to connect their body and mind to achieve desirable outcomes such as decreased pain perception and reduced anxiety. This article describes the use and application of guided imagery for clients in the home and the benefits to the agency. A step-by-step approach to teaching clients how to use guided imagery is included.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Female
  • Home Care Services*
  • Hospice Care*
  • Humans
  • Imagery, Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Pain Management*
  • Patient Selection
  • Treatment Outcome