Caregiver-Delivered Foot Reflexology: Effects on Patients and Caregivers

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Caregiver-Delivered Foot Reflexology: Effects on Patients and Caregivers

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of caregiver-delivered foot reflexology on patients with cancer and their caregivers. A 2-group pre- and posttest design was used in this study, and the study was conducted in an oncology hospital between January 2016 and February 2018. The study included 60 patients and 60 caregivers. Caregivers performed interventions once a day for 15 days. Patients in the experimental group received reflexology, and patients in the control group were included in the reading session. Mean pain, anxiety, and fatigue levels significantly decreased for the patients who received foot reflexology from their caregivers for 15 days compared with patients in the control group. The mean care burden score of the caregivers in both groups decreased. Clinicians should teach caregiving practices such as foot reflexology and know that these practices are a positive influence on both patients and caregivers.

Citation:

Samancioglu Baglama S, Bakir E. Caregiver-Delivered Foot Reflexology: Effects on Patients and Caregivers. Holist Nurs Pract. 2019 Nov/Dec;33(6):338-345. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000351. PMID: 31609870.

 

The conclusion of this research paper in Greek

The purpose of this section is to make this research paper useful to Greek speaking reflexologists. This is a tool developed by the Center of Reflexology and Research (Κέντρο Ρεφλεξολογίας και Έρευνας) in Greece and supervised volunteers from across the world.

Μετάφραση των συμπερασμάτων της συγκεκριμένης έρευνας:

Ο μέσος όρος του πόνου, του άγχους και της κόπωσης μειώθηκε σημαντικά για τους ασθενείς που έλαβαν πελματιαία ρεφλεξολογία από τους φροντιστές τους για 15 ημέρες σε σύγκριση με τους ασθενείς στην ομάδα ελέγχου. Η μέση βαθμολογία φόρτου φροντίδας των φροντιστών και στις δύο ομάδες μειώθηκε. Οι κλινικοί γιατροί πρέπει να διδάσκουν πρακτικές φροντίδας όπως η ρεφλεξολογία γνωρίζοντας ότι αυτές οι πρακτικές επηρεάζουν θετικά τόσο τους ασθενείς όσο και τους φροντιστές.

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