The effect of reflexology applied on haemodialysis patients with fatigue, pain and cramps

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The effect of reflexology applied on haemodialysis patients with fatigue, pain and cramps

Abstract

The research was conducted to evaluate the effect of foot reflexology on fatigue, pain and cramps in haemodialysis patients. The sample consisted of 80 patients in total, 40 intervention and 40 control patients, receiving treatment in the haemodialysis units of two institutions. Data were collected by using a questionnaire, Piper Fatigue Scale and visual analogue scale for measuring the severity of cramp and pain. The intervention group received reflexology treatment for 1 week in three sessions following haemodialysis, each session lasting approximately 30 min. Parametric and non-parametric tests were used in data analysis. It was determined that reflexology reduced the fatigue subscale scores and total scale scores as well as pain and cramp mean scores in the intervention group. The research results revealed that the severity of fatigue, pain and cramp decreased in patients receiving reflexology.

Citation:

Ozdemir G, Ovayolu N, Ovayolu O. The effect of reflexology applied on haemodialysis patients with fatigue, pain and cramps. Int J Nurs Pract. 2013 Jun;19(3):265-73. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12066. PMID: 23730858.

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:

Προσδιορίστηκε ότι η ρεφλεξολογία μείωσε τις βαθμολογίες της υποκλίμακας κόπωσης καθώς και τις βαθμολογίες συνολικής κλίμακας όπως και τις μέσες τιμές πόνου και μυϊκής κράμπας στην ομάδα παρέμβασης. Τα αποτελέσματα της έρευνας αποκάλυψαν ότι η σοβαρότητα της κόπωσης, του πόνου και της μυϊκής κράμπας μειώθηκαν σε ασθενείς που έλαβαν ρεφλεξολογία.

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