Complementary therapies in action - education and outcomes

Dunning, Trisha and James, Kirsten 2001, Complementary therapies in action - education and outcomes, Complementary therapies in nursing and midwifery, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 188-195, doi: 10.1054/ctnm.2001.0575.

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Title Complementary therapies in action - education and outcomes
Author(s) Dunning, TrishaORCID iD for Dunning, Trisha
James, Kirsten
Journal name Complementary therapies in nursing and midwifery
Volume number 7
Issue number 4
Start page 188
End page 195
Publisher Harcourt Publishers (Elsevier)
Place of publication San Diego CA
Publication date 2001-11
ISSN 1353-6117
Summary A study investigated the use of aromatherapy hand and foot massage on 11 patients in a rural rehabilitation setting. An education programme for nurses, carers and family members was developed and implemented. Clinical outcomes - pain, anxiety, joint flexibility and skin condition were evaluated using Likert scales completed before, and after, treatment at three time points and open questions to ascertain patients' feelings about the treatments. Each patient had three treatments, making a total of 33 massages. A significant reduction in pain and anxiety was apparent after all three treatments (p=0.05). Changes in skin condition (softer and more resilient) were highly significant (p=0.01). However, there was no significant change in joint flexibility (p<0.05). The main themes emerging from patients' comments were that aromatherapy massage facilitated communication, allowed emotional release and aided relaxation. Nine people undertook the education programme. They indicated that it covered appropriate information and they felt confident to deliver the aromatherapy massages, but the non-nursing participants would have liked more practice before they entered the clinical setting.
Notes Available online 12 March 2002
Language eng
DOI 10.1054/ctnm.2001.0575
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Harcourt Publishers (Elsevier)
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