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Pain Management Using Guided Imagery for Adolescents Post-spinal Fusion

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01663909
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 13, 2012
Last Update Posted : August 13, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sylvie Charette, St. Justine's Hospital

June 27, 2012
August 13, 2012
August 13, 2012
May 2010
September 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Level of pain intensity [ Time Frame: Level of pain intensity at two weeks after the surgery ]
Pain was measured before the patients left the hospital on their 7th postoperative day (T-1, time of discharge from hospital). It was measured again at two week post-discharge (T-2) and also at one month post-discharge (T-3) on their visit to the orthopedic clinic. Our primary outcome was at T-2.
Same as current
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  • Level of anxiety [ Time Frame: Level of anxiety from 24-hrs before the surgery, to two weeks and to one month after the surgery ]
    Anxiety was measured as baseline data on the pre-operative visit (24 hrs before surgery). It was also measured at two weeks post-discharge and at one month on the day of the visit to the orthopedic clinic.
  • Level of coping [ Time Frame: Level of coping from Baseline (pre-operative), to two weeks and to one month after the surgery ]
    Coping strategies of adolescents regarding their pain management were also measured pre-operatively (24 hrs before surgery), at two weeks and one month post-surgery.
Same as current
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Pain Management Using Guided Imagery for Adolescents Post-spinal Fusion
The Efficacy of Guided Imagery on Pain, Anxiety, and Coping for Adolescents Post-spinal Fusion
Surgery to correct scoliosis (spinal fusion)generates a severe pain intensity rending pain management a complex task. Several studies have found out that pharmacological interventions alone were not enough to provide optimal pain management for these patients. The investigators developed a DVD on guided imagery, customized for teenagers, to help them cope better with their pain. The investigators believe that this type of intervention combined with their usual analgesic medication will help them to control their pain and foster rehabilitation.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Pain
  • Scoliosis
Behavioral: Guided imagery intervention
A 30-min DVD was developed which included general information on pain management as well as a section on guided imagery using sounds and images.
  • No Intervention: Standard care
  • Experimental: Guided imagery
    Intervention: Behavioral: Guided imagery intervention
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December 2011
September 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged between 11 and 20 years old
  • Have undergone a posterior/anterior arthrodesis surgery for idiopathic scoliosis
  • Able to write and understand French
  • Requires a computer or DVD player at home.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosed with a moderate cognitive deficit or severe mental retardation
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
11 Years to 20 Years   (Child, Adult)
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Sylvie Charette, St. Justine's Hospital
St. Justine's Hospital
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Study Director: Sylvie Le May, RN, PhD Université de Montréal
St. Justine's Hospital
August 2012

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