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The Effect of Guided Imagery and Music Therapy on Post-Operative Recovery After Gynecological Oncology Surgery

19 Years
Not Enrolling
Ovarian Cancer, Uterine Cancer

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Trial Information

The Effect of Guided Imagery and Music Therapy on Post-Operative Recovery After Gynecological Oncology Surgery

The GIMT group will undergo a standardized regimen of peri-operative guided imagery and
music therapy guided by CDs. As there are no studies which discuss whether the act of
listening to any therapy will affect outcomes, we will also explore whether white noise can
affect outcomes as well. Therefore, one control group (WN) will abide by the same regimen
and will listen to a CD with white noise; the other control group (CP) will have no
intervention at all and will follow our current peri-operative procedures.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Subjects will include women who are being seen at the Women's Health Center by the
Gynecological Oncology group at the University of Minnesota (UMMC). These women will
be considered for inclusion based on their projected surgery: exploratory laparotomy.
Subjects will have to have their surgery at the UMMC within 1 month of their clinic
visit. Patients may be undergoing surgery for either known cancer (ovarian or
uterine) or high suspicion for malignancy.

Exclusion Criteria:

- < 19 years old

- pregnant

- undergoing a procedure other than laparotomy

- scheduled to be discharged the same day of surgery

- chronic narcotic pain medication users

- if they are currently using or planning on using other complementary alternative
medicine (CAM) therapies prior to or after surgery.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Outcome Measure:

Change in Mean Pain Score

Outcome Description:

Determined by using a Visual Analog Pain Scale (VAS)- A Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for pain is a horizontal line 100 mm in length with the left end labeled 'No pain' and the right end labeled 'Very severe pain'. The subject marks a point on the line that represents their perception of their current state. The VAS score is determined by measuring the distance from the left end of the line to the point on the line marked by the subject. The range of possible values for this pain score is 0 to 100 millimetres.

Outcome Time Frame:

From Admission through 4 Weeks Post Surgery

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Amy Jonson, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

April 2010

Completion Date:

April 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Ovarian Neoplasms
  • Uterine Neoplasms



Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota  55455