Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Visualization Techniques Can Help Smokers Quit

Date:
December 21, 2005
Source:
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Summary:
A new study supports previous research done that used guided health imagery to help smokers quit. Guided health imagery -- a technique to help patients relax their muscles and open their minds to images of health and healthy living -- has long been used to help surgery and cancer patients, as well as for reducing pain and reversing negative thoughts resulting from traumatic events including rape and other types of sexual assault.

A new study supports previous research done that used guided health imagery to help smokers quit. Guided health imagery -- a technique to help patients relax their muscles and open their minds to images of health and healthy living -- has long been used to help surgery and cancer patients, as well as for reducing pain and reversing negative thoughts resulting from traumatic events including rape and other types of sexual assault.

Related Articles


This study, published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship looked at 71 smokers from a hospital outpatient clinic. Those in the intervention group were given instruction on how to use guided imagery and were encouraged to practice this imagery at least once per day with a 20-minute audio-taped exercise for reinforcement. The results showed that at 24-months after the intervention, smoking abstinence rates for the intervention group were 26 percent while abstinence rates were only 12 percent for the control group.

This research suggests that increased use of guided imagery techniques by clinicians to help their patients quit smoking could make a positive contribution to this country's goal of reducing the number of adults who smoke to 12 percent by 2010.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 22 percent of adults continue to smoke despite the steady decline over the last few years. Smoking can lead to coronary heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. "Visualization Techniques Can Help Smokers Quit." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 December 2005. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/12/051221091725.htm>.
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. (2005, December 21). Visualization Techniques Can Help Smokers Quit. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/12/051221091725.htm
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. "Visualization Techniques Can Help Smokers Quit." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/12/051221091725.htm (accessed December 19, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Mind & Brain News

Friday, December 19, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Researchers Test Colombian Village With High Alzheimer's Rates

Researchers Test Colombian Village With High Alzheimer's Rates

AFP (Dec. 19, 2014) In Yarumal, a village in N. Colombia, Alzheimer's has ravaged a disproportionately large number of families. A genetic "curse" that may pave the way for research on how to treat the disease that claims a new victim every four seconds. Duration: 02:42 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Prenatal Exposure To Pollution Might Increase Autism Risk

Prenatal Exposure To Pollution Might Increase Autism Risk

Newsy (Dec. 18, 2014) Harvard researchers found children whose mothers were exposed to high pollution levels in the third trimester were twice as likely to develop autism. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Yoga Could Be As Beneficial For The Heart As Walking, Biking

Yoga Could Be As Beneficial For The Heart As Walking, Biking

Newsy (Dec. 17, 2014) Yoga can help your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart just as much as biking and walking does, a new study suggests. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
1st Responders Trained for Autism Sensitivity

1st Responders Trained for Autism Sensitivity

AP (Dec. 16, 2014) More departments are ordering their first responders to sit in on training sessions that focus on how to more effectively interact with those with autism spectrum disorder (Dec. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins