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What is Anodyne?
n: something that relieves pain or discomfort;
adj: without pain, soothing the feelings
Anodyne Awareness is a concise set of language and rapport techniques used by medical and dental professionals. As a new component of their practice, physicians, nurses, dentists, dental assistants and other health care professionals use Anodyne techniques to help patients very quickly relax and relieve pain and anxiety, regardless of the circumstances.
The specific Anodyne techniques have been refined through clinical use with hundreds of patients undergoing a wide variety of medical and dental procedures, and are successful with virtually every patient.
Because Anodyne is conversational and fluid, it accompanies any procedure without requiring extra time. In fact, Anodyne patients' greater ability to relax and cooperate saves time and enhances procedural efficiency.
The specific techniques of Anodyne Awareness are drawn from the fields of hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), intuitive awareness, guided imagery, and conscious breathing. Anodyne is grounded in clinical experience of what works quickly and effectively in the acute, time-conscious domain of modern medical and dental practice.
Anodyne is useful in any procedure where patient comfort is an issue and serves especially well as a complementary alternative to pharmacological conscious sedation for relief of pain and anxiety. Anodyne is also used to quickly control physiological processes such as blood pressure, heart rate, bleeding, peristalsis, and rapid metabolizing of chemical anesthesia. Because it is fluid and conversational, the Anodyne interaction takes no additional time and most often saves time.
Although Anodyne is technique-based, it is not a modality or form of therapy. Rather, it is a new way of bringing higher awareness and mindfulness to every patient interaction. Medical professionals also trained as Anodyne practitioners have many more choices for successfully interacting with patients. Patients feel empowered as they learn relaxation tools they can use anytime.
While interviewing the patient or preparing them for a procedure, the practitioner internally accesses Anodyne Awareness and uses instant rapport techniques and special language patterns to help the patient relax.
If the patient is experiencing anxiety or pain, the practitioner uses Anodyne imagery, relaxation, breathing or pain control techniques to quickly relieve the patient's discomfort.
With the introduction of a potentially painful stimulus such as an injection, tube placement or catheter, the practitioner helps the patient shifts their awareness to competing sensations (e.g. warmth, coolness or fullness). Patients remain conscious and cooperative, responding to the staff when necessary.
Is there research?
Several studies of the effectiveness of Anodyne have been conducted and two have been published:
Lang E, Hamilton D. Anodyne Imagery: An Alternative to IV Sedation in Interventional Radiology. American Journal of Radiology 1994;162:1221-1226
Lang E, Joyce J, Spiegel D, Hamilton D, Lee K. Self-Hypnotic Relaxation During Interventional Radiological Procedures: Effects on Pain Perception and Intravenous Drug Use; The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 1996; 293194
Other studies on Anodyne with claustrophobic MRI patients and patients undergoing cardiology procedures are being conducted at Duke University Medical Center and the Veterans Administration. For cites of other, related studies visit the Anodyne Bibliography.
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