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Can meditation be used to decrease pain medication required after a painful procedure.

If meditation training is provided before a planned painful procedure, and practiced, can it decrease the amount of analgesia needed to achieve comfort after the procedure has been performed? Patients should be offered meditation training anticipating a planned procedure and have them practice the technique for at least a week prior to the procedure. (Ideally they would not be in pain while being taught or practicing.) Re-evaluation would occur with a control and a test group.

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