Foot Reflexology on Pain in 36 Patients With Metastatic Cancer

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The Effect of Foot Reflexology on Pain in Patients With Metastatic Cancer


Thirty-six oncology inpatients participated in this third pilot study investigating the effects of foot reflexology in which equianalgesic dosing was calculated. Foot reflexology was found to have a positive immediate effect for patients with metastatic cancer who report pain, although there was no statistically significant effect at 3 hours after intervention or at 24 hours after intervention. Further study is suggested for foot reflexology delivered by family in the homes for management of cancer pain.



Stephenson N, Dalton JA, Carlson J. The effect of foot reflexology on pain in patients with metastatic cancer. Appl Nurs Res. 2003;16(4):284–286. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2003.08.003

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