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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152022
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Aromatherapy in Nursing Practice
Abstract:
Aromatherapy in Nursing Practice
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Zhou, Zhenyu, RN, RMN, BHSc(Nursing)
P.I. Institution Name:Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital
Title:Staff Nurse
[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] Background: Aromatherapy is one of the fastest growing and widely used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in the world today. Nurses use aromatherapy both in their working and private life for many purposes. Many researches provided much evidence in the area. However, there is little clear indication about the use of aromatherapy. Aims: This paper critically evaluates the current knowledge of aromatherapy and provides supportive evidences for nurses to incorporate aromatherapy into practice. Search strategy: Databases include Journals@Ovid Full Text, Ovid Medline, EBSCO, Google and Yahoo were used to search for articles. Search terms such as ôaromatherapyö, ôaromaö, ôessence oilö, ôcomplementary therapyö and ôalternative therapyö were used. The search was not limited to nursing journals. Only original English research paper and review papers published from 1990 to 2007 were included. Papers were excluded if the sample size was too small (less than 20) or lack of detailed description. Results/Findings: Over 200 articles were retrieved from the electronic databases. These include both qualitative and quantitative research papers. Preliminary results show that most aromatherapy was delivered through inhalation or massage. Aromatherapy enhanced relaxation, reduced anxiety and promoted sleep, especially for the elderly. It helped people to feel invigorated or rejuvenated, depending on the types of oil used. Some studies stated that aromatherapy only had transient effect. While other studies revealed massage had better effect than inhalation in reducing anxiety level and pain, but more research are required to support these therapeutic claims. Conclusion: Aromatherapy promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. More encouragingly, aromatherapy appears to be without the adverse effects of many conventional drugs. However, there is a need for more large scaled, well-designed, randomized control trial (RCT) research to provide more detailed scientific evidence. Nurses need to be more initiated to analyze, investigate and evaluate the knowledge about aromatherapy before transforming it into clinical practice.
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.titleAromatherapy in Nursing Practiceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152022-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Aromatherapy in Nursing Practice</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">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Zhou, Zhenyu, RN, RMN, BHSc(Nursing)</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Staff Nurse</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Mei_Fong_LEONG@imh.com.sg</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] Background: Aromatherapy is one of the fastest growing and widely used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in the world today. Nurses use aromatherapy both in their working and private life for many purposes. Many researches provided much evidence in the area. However, there is little clear indication about the use of aromatherapy. Aims: This paper critically evaluates the current knowledge of aromatherapy and provides supportive evidences for nurses to incorporate aromatherapy into practice. Search strategy: Databases include Journals@Ovid Full Text, Ovid Medline, EBSCO, Google and Yahoo were used to search for articles. Search terms such as &ocirc;aromatherapy&ouml;, &ocirc;aroma&ouml;, &ocirc;essence oil&ouml;, &ocirc;complementary therapy&ouml; and &ocirc;alternative therapy&ouml; were used. The search was not limited to nursing journals. Only original English research paper and review papers published from 1990 to 2007 were included. Papers were excluded if the sample size was too small (less than 20) or lack of detailed description. Results/Findings: Over 200 articles were retrieved from the electronic databases. These include both qualitative and quantitative research papers. Preliminary results show that most aromatherapy was delivered through inhalation or massage. Aromatherapy enhanced relaxation, reduced anxiety and promoted sleep, especially for the elderly. It helped people to feel invigorated or rejuvenated, depending on the types of oil used. Some studies stated that aromatherapy only had transient effect. While other studies revealed massage had better effect than inhalation in reducing anxiety level and pain, but more research are required to support these therapeutic claims. Conclusion: Aromatherapy promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. More encouragingly, aromatherapy appears to be without the adverse effects of many conventional drugs. However, there is a need for more large scaled, well-designed, randomized control trial (RCT) research to provide more detailed scientific evidence. Nurses need to be more initiated to analyze, investigate and evaluate the knowledge about aromatherapy before transforming it into clinical practice.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:21:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:21:31Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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