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June 2018 Newsletter


June 2018 Newsletter

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Research Update

Research Using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory™:

A Brief Bedside Visual Art Intervention Decreases Anxiety and Improves Pain and Mood in Patients with Haematologic Malignancies
Saw, J. J., Curry, E. A., Ehlers, S. L., Scanlon, P. D., Bauer, B. A., Rian, J., Larson, D. R., & Wolanskyj, A. P. (2018). A brief bedside visual art intervention decreases anxiety and improves pain and mood in patients with haematologic malignancies. European Journal of Cancer Care. Published online on April 17, 2018.
The STAI for Adults was used to measure anxiety in 21 cancer patients undergoing brief bedside visual art intervention (BVAI). Key findings: (a) patients reported significant decrease in anxiety post-intervention; and (b) significant improvement in positive mood and pain scores and decrease in negative mood was also reported post-intervention.

Alleviating Anxiety in Patients Prior to MRI
Tugwell, J. R., Goulden, N., Mullins, P. (2018). Alleviating anxiety in patients prior to MRI: A pilot single-centre single-blinded randomised controlled trial to compare video demonstration or telephone conversation with a radiographer versus routine intervention. International Journal of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Therapy, 24(2), 122-129.
74 MRI patients pre and post anxiety reduction interventions. Key findings: (a) anxiety significantly reduced for groups undergoing video demonstration intervention and telephone conversation with radiographer intervention; (b) video and telephone interventions had no significant differences in anxiety reduction; (c) over half of patients admitted to anxiety before MRI; and (d) possible outcome of MRI results was most common reason given for pre-MRI anxiety.

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