Efficacy of Reflexology as a Palliative Treatment in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: A Pilot Study

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154302
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Presentation
Title:
Efficacy of Reflexology as a Palliative Treatment in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: A Pilot Study
Abstract:
Efficacy of Reflexology as a Palliative Treatment in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: A Pilot Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Hodgson, Nancy A., RN, PhD, CS
P.I. Institution Name:Polisher Research Institute
Title:Senior research scientist
Co-Authors:Susan Andersen, BS; Heather Felker,
INTRODUCTION: Alternative therapies may offer great promise in treating distress in older adults with dementia without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.  A growing body of anecdotal literature suggests that reflexology may be an effective treatment for older adults with dementia, appearing to relieve pain and improve psychological well being.  METHODS: This experimental repeated-measures study of 80 subjects (40 control and 40 experimental) with mild to moderate dementia randomized to experimental and control groups was designed to test the efficacy of reflexology as an alternative and complementary therapy in nursing home residents with mild to moderate dementia. The reflexology sessions and control group intervention was provided by a trained reflexology therapist once a week for 4 weeks, and lasted 30 minutes each.  Physiologic stress was assessed using blood pressure, heart rate, and salivary measures of cortisol, alpha amyase and DHEA.  Measures of pain, anxiety and depression were assessed using standardized indexes by trained data collectors blind to subject group assignment. RESULTS: Analysis of variance for repeated measures demonstrated a significantly greater decrease in symptoms of pain, depression and physiologic measures of stress for the residents given reflexology treatment than for those in the control group. CONCLUSION: These clinical findings support the use of reflexology in nursing home residents with mild/moderate dementia.
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.titleEfficacy of Reflexology as a Palliative Treatment in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: A Pilot Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154302-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Efficacy of Reflexology as a Palliative Treatment in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: A Pilot Study</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">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hodgson, Nancy A., RN, PhD, CS</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Polisher Research Institute</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Senior research scientist</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">nhodgson@pgc.org</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Susan Andersen, BS; Heather Felker,</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">INTRODUCTION: Alternative therapies may offer great promise in treating distress in older adults with dementia without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.&nbsp; A growing body of anecdotal literature suggests that reflexology may be an effective treatment for older adults with dementia, appearing to relieve pain and improve psychological well being.&nbsp; METHODS: This experimental repeated-measures study of 80 subjects (40 control and 40 experimental) with mild to moderate dementia randomized to experimental and control groups was designed to test the efficacy of reflexology as an alternative and complementary therapy in nursing home residents with mild to moderate dementia. The reflexology sessions and control group intervention was provided by a trained reflexology therapist once a week for 4 weeks, and lasted 30 minutes each.&nbsp; Physiologic stress was assessed using blood pressure, heart rate, and salivary measures of cortisol, alpha amyase and DHEA.&nbsp; Measures of pain, anxiety and depression were assessed using standardized indexes by trained data collectors blind to subject group assignment. RESULTS: Analysis of variance for repeated measures demonstrated a significantly greater decrease in symptoms of pain, depression and physiologic measures of stress for the residents given reflexology treatment than for those in the control group. CONCLUSION: These clinical findings support the use of reflexology in nursing home residents with mild/moderate dementia.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:53:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:53:41Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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