Does reflexology impact on cancer patients’ quality of life?

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Does reflexology impact on cancer patients' quality of life?

Abstract

Aim: The objective of this study was to determine whether reflexology has an impact on the quality of life of patients in the palliative stage of cancer.

Method: Twelve patients in the palliative stage of cancer with various tumour types were randomised into two groups. They were randomly assigned to receive either reflexology or placebo reflexology. All participants completed a linear analogue self-assessment scale relating to quality of life. All participants then received three sessions of either reflexology or placebo reflexology. The same person, a qualified reflexologist, provided the interventions for both groups. The participants were not aware of which intervention they were receiving. All participants then completed a second linear analogue self-assessment scale relating to quality of life.

Results: All participants felt that their quality of life had improved, even those who had received the placebo treatment. The reflexology group, however, reported more benefit than the placebo group. There was a significant difference (p = 0.004) between the reflexology group and the placebo group.

Conclusion: This study showed that reflexology does have an impact on the quality of life of patients in the palliative stage of cancer.

Citation:

Hodgson H. Does reflexology impact on cancer patients’ quality of life? Nurs Stand. 2000 Apr 19-25;14(31):33-8. doi: 10.7748/ns2000.04.14.31.33.c2817. PMID: 11973949.

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:

Αυτή η μελέτη έδειξε ότι η ρεφλεξολογία έχει αντίκτυπο στην ποιότητα ζωής των ασθενών στο τελευταίο στάδιο του καρκίνου.

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