Title

Coping With the Stress of a Painful Medical Procedure

Journal

Behaviour Research and Therapy

Year

2002

Abstract

To evaluate its effect on procedure-related distress, the focus of attention was manipulated by providing training to hospitalized acute burn patients (N=42; average age 43.6 yrs). Participants were randomly assigned to attention focusing or music distraction coping interventions, or to usual care during the target dressing change. Coping behavior, tension and intrusiveness were evaluated 24 h retrospectively, during the targeted procedure, and 30 min after the target procedure. When coping during the target procedure by ignoring, reinterpreting, and catastrophizing were covaried, the music distraction group experienced significantly fewer intrusions, and the attention focus group had more intrusions. Additionally, secondary analyses revealed that coping by ignoring during the prior day's procedure significantly predicted higher procedural tension during, and more intrusions following, the targeted procedure. Suppression-based forms of emotion-focused coping may be enhanced by training in the use of an explicit distractor. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Burns; Coping; Distress; Hospital Setting; Hospitalized Patients; Music as Distraction; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Pain Management and Control; Pain; Patient Experience; Procedural Pain; Self-Report Measures; Stress; Tension; Wound Care; Wound Pain

Indexed Terms

music distraction; emotion-focused coping; attention focusing; medical procedures; pain; distress; mental control; suppression; Acute Disease; Adaptation, Psychological; Bandages; Burns; Pain Management; Pain Measurement; Single-Blind Method; Stress; Surveys and Questionnaires; Coping Behavior; Distraction; Suppression (Defense Mechanism); Attention

Study Type

Randomized Controlled Trial; Quantitative Methods

Disciplines

Nursing

PubMed ID

2002-18539-011

Document Type

Article

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