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A cognitive behavioural approach to preventing anxiety during magnetic resonance imaging

Lukins, R., Davan, I.G.P. and Drummond, P.D. (1997) A cognitive behavioural approach to preventing anxiety during magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 28 (2). pp. 97-104.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s0005-7916(97)00006-2
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Abstract

This study evaluated a relaxation intervention designed to prevent anxiety during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and assessed the development of fears in patients who felt anxious during the procedure. Patients were assigned to a control condition (no intervention; n = 52), relaxation before the scan (n = 44), or relaxation before and during the scan (n = 43). Compared to the control group, patients who practised relaxation showed reduced anxiety during the scan. Seven months or more after undergoing MRI, there was a positive correlation between anxiety experienced during the scan and the development of MRI-related fears. The intervention did not prevent the development of MRI-related fears at follow-up.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: Elsevier
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/2104
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