Reflexology on sleep quality and fatigue in 167 patients receiving chemotherapy

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The effects of sleep hygiene education and reflexology on sleep quality and fatigue in patients receiving chemotherapy

Abstract

Introduction: This study was conducted to determine the effects of sleep hygiene education and reflexology on sleep quality and fatigue in the patients receiving chemotherapy.

Methods: The sample of the study consisted of 167 patients (84 in the experimental and 83 in the control group). The data were collected between October 2016 and November 2017 using an Introductory Information Form, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS).

Results: The mean -test score from the PSQI was 5.5 ± 2.1 for the experimental group and 13 ± 2.4 for the control group. The mean post- test score from the FSS was 22.6 ± 1.9 for the experimental group and 41.0 ± 4.2 for the control group. The difference between the mean scores of the groups was statistically significant (p = 0.000).

Conclusion: The patients receiving chemotherapy had lower mean scores from the PSQI and the FSS while they had increased sleep quality and decreased fatigue after sleep hygiene education and reflexology.

Keywords: chemotherapy; nurse; reflexology; sleep hygiene education.

Citation:

Zengin L, Aylaz R. The effects of sleep hygiene education and reflexology on sleep quality and fatigue in patients receiving chemotherapy. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2019 May;28(3):e13020. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13020. Epub 2019 Feb 19. PMID: 30784127.

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:

Οι ασθενείς που έλαβαν χημειοθεραπεία είχαν χαμηλότερες μέσες βαθμολογίες στο Δείκτη Ποιότητας ύπνου του Πίτσμπουργκ (PSQI) και την Κλίμακα Σοβαρότητας Κόπωσης (FSS), ενώ είχαν αυξημένη ποιότητα ύπνου και μειωμένη κόπωση μετά από εκπαίδευση υγιεινής ύπνου και ρεφλεξολογία.

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