ABSTRACT: Few studies have examined the effects of guided imagery on older adults in residential care. This study aimed to evaluate the outcome of group-delivered guided imagery over a 16-day period with a sample of Thai older adults in residential care (N = 31). Residents were randomly allocated to the guided imagery treatment group or usual care control group. No significant differences were found between the two groups regarding affective states, cognitive functioning, or pain. The results are discussed in relation to a ceiling effect and other methodological factors that may have contributed to the lack of positive outcomes. As the evidence base remains inconclusive, it is hoped that future studies will seek to establish the effects of using guided imagery with older adults in residential care.
Research in Gerontological Nursing 07/2011; 5(2):114-22. · 0.74 Impact Factor