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HOW CAN WE HELP PEOPLE WHO MUST ENDURE PAINFUL PROCEDURES?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Nature scenes and sounds utilized while people are having a painful procedure helps reduce their perception of pain, a Johns Hopkins study led by Noah Lechtzin has shown.  In this study of patients undergoing bone marrow biopsy, Lechtzin says another important factor was who was doing the biopsy.

LECTHZIN:  There are probably three take home messages.  Bone marrow biopsies are a painful procedure, and in spite of what we’re doing now it’s still painful and I think more attention ought to be given to that.  Certainly who does the procedure matters.  We should probably look more closely at what people are doing and the people who are having better outcomes, what’s different about what they do? On top of that, using something like nature scenes and nature sounds is a very safe easy intervention that does seem to improve the experience.   :26

Lecthzin says such an intervention may be even more effective if patients were given control over scenes and sounds during the procedure.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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