The effect of foot reflexology on fatigue, pain, and sleep quality in lymphoma patients: A clinical trial

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The effect of foot reflexology on fatigue, pain, and sleep quality in lymphoma patients: A clinical trial

Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of reflexology on fatigue, pain, and sleep quality in lymphoma patients.

Method: This study was a randomized clinical trial with pre-post design. Seventy-two lymphoma patients admitted in hematology wards affiliated to Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran in 2018 were randomly assigned to intervention and control groups. Patients in the intervention group underwent foot reflexology for five consecutive days. The control group received usual care. The data were collected by the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory, a numerical pain scale, and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality index. Data analysis was done by the SPSS software, version 21 using ANCOVA, paired t-test, and Wilcoxon test.

Results: At baseline, both intervention and control groups were the same in terms of fatigue, pain, and sleep quality (p > 0.05). However, a significant difference was found between the two groups regarding fatigue, pain, and sleep quality after the intervention (all p < 0.05).

Conclusion: The results showed that reflexology could reduce fatigue and pain and improve the quality of sleep in patients with lymphoma. Considering the effectiveness of reflexology in lymphoma patients, healthcare workers including nurses are recommended to use this complementary therapy to reduce fatigue and pain and improve sleep quality in lymphoma patients.

Keywords: Fatigue; Lymphoma; Pain; Reflexology; Sleep.

Citation:

Rambod M, Pasyar N, Shamsadini M. The effect of foot reflexology on fatigue, pain, and sleep quality in lymphoma patients: A clinical trial. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Dec;43:101678. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2019.101678. Epub 2019 Oct 18. PMID: 31669916.

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:

Τα αποτελέσματα έδειξαν ότι η ρεφλεξολογία θα μπορούσε να μειώσει την κόπωση και τον πόνο και να βελτιώσει την ποιότητα του ύπνου σε ασθενείς με λέμφωμα. Λαμβάνοντας υπόψη την αποτελεσματικότητα της ρεφλεξολογίας σε ασθενείς με λέμφωμα, συνιστάται στους λειτουργούς υγειονομικής περίθαλψης, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των νοσοκόμων, να χρησιμοποιούν αυτήν τη συμπληρωματική θεραπεία για τη μείωση της κόπωσης και του πόνου και τη βελτίωση της ποιότητας του ύπνου σε ασθενείς με λέμφωμα.

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