Nurse Practitioner Use of Aromatherapy for Management of Psychosocial Symptoms in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151238
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Presentation
Title:
Nurse Practitioner Use of Aromatherapy for Management of Psychosocial Symptoms in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
Abstract:
Nurse Practitioner Use of Aromatherapy for Management of Psychosocial Symptoms in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Cesarotti, Evelyn L., PhD, FNP
P.I. Institution Name:Arizona State University
Title:Associate Professor
[Symposium Presentation] Psychosocial symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease are common and distressing to patients and caregivers. Symptoms can be depression, anxiety, psychoses, agitation, apathy, or extreme lethargy. Many documented behavior approaches have been utilized with varied results, but pharmacological interventions are then used when these methods are ineffective. However, even pharmacological interventions may not be effective in managing symptoms, and there is increased risk of side effects and risk of falls with the administration of any psychotropic drugs. Purpose The purpose of this project was to conduct a trial clinical protocol using aromatherapy for management of psychosocial symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease in assisted living facilities. Methodology Permission was obtained from the assisted living facilities and the patient's families. A written protocol was individualized for each patient, and staff were instructed on use. The essential oil was applied in a two inch circle on the inside of the wrist which facilitated absorption as well inhalation. However the primary mode was intended to be by inhalation. Results Nine of the 12 subjects in the intervention trial had positive responses to the aromatherapy, resulting in marked decrease in use of psychotropic medications. The remaining three subjects had no change. Unlike some studies reviewed by Maddocks-Jennings and Wilkinson (2004), no allergic reactions occurred. This may be due to the screening protocol as patients with history of atopic dermatitis were not used in the trial. Conclusions and Implications for Nursing Practice Some researchers have questioned the usefulness of aromatherapy, considering that there is degeneration of the olfactory bulb in Alzheimer's disease. This clinical protocol trial and recent studies in the literature demonstrate usefulness of aromatherapy in patients without side effects if properly administered.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNurse Practitioner Use of Aromatherapy for Management of Psychosocial Symptoms in Persons with Alzheimer's Diseaseen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151238-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Nurse Practitioner Use of Aromatherapy for Management of Psychosocial Symptoms in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Cesarotti, Evelyn L., PhD, FNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Arizona State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">e.cesarotti@asu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Symposium Presentation] Psychosocial symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease are common and distressing to patients and caregivers. Symptoms can be depression, anxiety, psychoses, agitation, apathy, or extreme lethargy. Many documented behavior approaches have been utilized with varied results, but pharmacological interventions are then used when these methods are ineffective. However, even pharmacological interventions may not be effective in managing symptoms, and there is increased risk of side effects and risk of falls with the administration of any psychotropic drugs. Purpose The purpose of this project was to conduct a trial clinical protocol using aromatherapy for management of psychosocial symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease in assisted living facilities. Methodology Permission was obtained from the assisted living facilities and the patient's families. A written protocol was individualized for each patient, and staff were instructed on use. The essential oil was applied in a two inch circle on the inside of the wrist which facilitated absorption as well inhalation. However the primary mode was intended to be by inhalation. Results Nine of the 12 subjects in the intervention trial had positive responses to the aromatherapy, resulting in marked decrease in use of psychotropic medications. The remaining three subjects had no change. Unlike some studies reviewed by Maddocks-Jennings and Wilkinson (2004), no allergic reactions occurred. This may be due to the screening protocol as patients with history of atopic dermatitis were not used in the trial. Conclusions and Implications for Nursing Practice Some researchers have questioned the usefulness of aromatherapy, considering that there is degeneration of the olfactory bulb in Alzheimer's disease. This clinical protocol trial and recent studies in the literature demonstrate usefulness of aromatherapy in patients without side effects if properly administered.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:56:01Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:56:01Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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