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International Journal of Advances in Nursing Management
Year : 2016, Volume : 4, Issue : 2
First page : ( 173) Last page : ( 177)
Print ISSN : 2347-8632. Online ISSN : 2454-2652.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2652.2016.00040.8

Effect of Guided Imagery in reducing the pain of Children: A Systemic Review

Mr. George Rinu J1,*, Mr. Joseph Jophin2, Mrs. Sam Shiny. T.3, Mrs. George Jyothy4

1Department of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Public Health and Medical Science, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

2Department of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Public Health and Medical Science, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

3Lecturer, MGM Muthoot College of Nursing, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India

4Department of Pediatrics, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bommasandra Industrial Area, Bangaluru, India

*Corresponding Author's Email: rinugeorge57@yahoo.com

Online published on 1 October, 2016.


Background and objectives

No perfect modality for pain reduction was used in children, all the methods to relieve added at least some more pain.this systematic review give an assessment of evidence of guided imagery in reducing pain in children, which stood non-invasive and inexpensive.


The databases of Medline/PubMed and Google scholar were searched for relevant articles about the effect of guided imagery in reducing pain among children. The articles were searched according to the inclusion criteria specified for this review. An extraction data sheet was designed. Study design, sampling, intervention, and outcome of the study were extracted.


From the 39 titles identified, 20 were irrelevant and 19 were evaluated for more details. Only five articles met the inclusive criteria. The evidence from the selected studies was convincing enough to recommend guided imagery as an effective technique in reduction of pain in children. No side effects of this method were reported.

Interpretation and conclusions

Current evidence suggests that guided imagery is an effective and safe method to reduce pain in children. However, further studies with larger sample size and longer duration are required.



Guided imagery, children, abdominal pain, effectiveness, review.


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