Research Study: Reduced Anxiety by 63%

An example of decreased anxiety in medical practice


A New York study looked to discover the impacts of ambient aromas on 70 outpatients before undergoing an MRI at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A Vanilla aroma was diffused into the air by a computer-controlled schedule prior to the procedure.


The research concluded that there was statistically significant reduction in average overall patient-rated anxiety during imaging in patients. It was noted that the administration of fragrances was associated with 63% less anxiety than that of the control group.

% Less
Patient Anxiety

This research was sourced from:
Redd WH(1), Manne SL, Peters B, Jacobsen PB, Schmidt H; Fragrance administration to reduce anxiety during MR imaging., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; 1994 Jul-Aug;4(4):623-6

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