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Nurses’ Calm and Compassion Ease Patient Suffering

There’s an art to telling someone it’s going to be OK, and for those who master it, this empathy and kindness can have a significant impact on a patient’s recovery.

Nurse-guided mindfulness could help decrease the pain of an uncomfortable procedure, according to research presented April 5th at the EuroHeartCare 2014 conference in Stavanger, Norway. Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark found that patients who were told by nurses to imagine that they were in a safe place during cardiac ablation experienced less pain than those who had no mindfulness intervention.