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Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia/Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology
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3-4/2020
vol. 15
 
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Original article

Effect of guided imagery training on death anxiety of nurses at COVID-19 intensive care units: a quasi-experimental study

Sedigheh Sanadgol
1
,
Mohammadreza Firouzkouhi
1
,
Mahin Badakhsh
2
,
Abdolghani Abdollahimohammad
1
,
Aziz Shahraki-vahed
1

1.
Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Zabol University of Medical Sciences, Zabol, Iran
2.
Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Zabol University of Medical Sciences, Zabol, Iran
Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia 2020; 15, 3–4: 83–88
Online publish date: 2020/12/08
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Introduction
Death anxiety (DA) is one of the stresses experienced by intensive care unit (ICU) nurses on a daily basis. Failure to pay attention to DA causes psychological problems and job dissatisfaction for nurses and failure to receive proper and adequate care for patients.

Aim
To determine the effect of guided imagery (GI) on DA among ICU nurses.

Material and methods
This quasi-experimental (pre-test-post-test) study was conducted on 50 ICU nurses in one educational hospital of Zabol University of Medical Sciences in south east Iran from 10 January to 10 June 2020. The participants were selected using the convenience sampling method then divided into two groups, intervention (n = 25) and control (n = 25). In the intervention group, participants received GI using theory education by lecture, pamphlet, booklet, and practice. In the control group participants received no specific intervention. In both groups DA was assessed by the researcher using the Templer DA scale at the start of study, and one month after intervention. SPSS ver. 23 was used for data analysis.

Results
The results showed in the intervention group after one months of GI mean score of DA significantly decreased from (p = 0.01). In the control group there was no significant difference before and after intervention (p > 0.05).

Conclusions
Based on the results of the present study GI can be used as an effective method to decrease the DA and improve the mental health of nurses in ICU.

keywords:

imagery, psychotherapy, mental health, anxiety, nurses

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