Exploring GIM as a psychological intervention for females treated for gynecologic cancer

Evangelia Papanikolaou, PhDc, MA, Msc, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery-primary trainer

Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) has been reported to increase quality of life in women with cancer. Although women with gynecological cancer are a group with augmented psychological needs, research into the benefits of Guided Imagery and Music during treatment has not been fully explored and reported. The purpose of this study is to explore the feasibility of providing six individual shortened GIM sessions for women with gynecological cancer to inform the design of a larger study of the impact of GIM on quality of life for this population during treatment.

  1. to provide a rationale for the use of GIM in gynecologic cancer
  2. to demonstrate the possible effects of GIM in gynecologic cancer
  3. to demonstrate points of practical consideration upon designing a research study in a new clinical field and setting up a GIM practice for the first time in a Greek Oncology Hospital faces professional, social and cultural challenges which contribute to the expansion of the GIM method in new environments and introduces innovative practices within a new cultural context.

Evangelia Papanikolaou, PhDc, MA, Msc, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery-primary trainer is a music therapist, Supervisor, and GIM Primary Trainer. A PhD Student at Aalborg University, Director of “SONORA-Organization for Music Therapy”, and Adjunct Professor at the Hellenic American University. A member of the advisory board at the e-journal “Approaches”, former president of the Hellenic Association of Music Therapists, and country representative for Greece at the EMTC.

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