Imagery Doubles Abstinence for Smokers
A new, two-year study by Christine Wynd out of the University of Akron demonstrates the power of guided imagery (ours , in fact!) - to double the abstinence rate among people who quit smoking
Nursing Researcher Christine Wynd from the University of Akron’s College of Nursing studied the impact of guided imagery on smoking cessation and long-term abstinence in adult smokers.
Wynd used a repeated measures design with 71 smokers who were recruited from a hospital outpatient clinic - 38 in the intervention group, and 33 in the control group.
The study found that at 24-months after the intervention, smoking
abstinence rates were significantly stronger for the guided health
imagery intervention group over the placebo control group (26%
abstinence rate versus 12%).
The study concluded that guided imagery was an effective intervention for long-term smoking cessation and abstinence in adult smokers.