What is included in patient education about motion sickness?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Andrew Brainard, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Patient education is the probably the most important aspect of patient care. Avoidance, motion acclimation, and minimization of motion stimuli are key strategies for avoiding motion sickness. Educating patients to attempt to synchronize vestibular, visual, and proprioceptive stimuli. Informing patient about the importance of personal awareness of the more subtle neurological, psychological, and gastrointestinal symptoms that often precede the nausea and vomiting. Assuring that patients understand that pharmacological treatment works best if started before the onset of symptoms cannot be emphasized enough. Finally, it is important to assure patient that, although severe motion sickness may make patients wish they would die, it is extremely unlikely to kill them.


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