The effects of foot reflexology on nausea, vomiting and fatigue of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

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The effects of foot reflexology on nausea, vomiting and fatigue of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of foot reflexology on nausea, vomiting and fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Method: The research was a quasi-experimental study using a non-equivalent pre-post design and was conducted from Jan. 26, to Mar. 20, 2004. The subjects consisted of 34 patients with 18 in the experimental group and 16 in control group. A pretest and 2 posttests were conducted to measure nausea, vomiting and fatigue. For the experimental group, foot reflexology, which was consisted of 4 phases for 40 minutes, was given by a researcher and 4 research assistants. The collected data were analyzed by repeated measures ANOVA using the SPSS WIN 10.0 program.

Results: There was a statistically significant decrease in nausea, and vomiting in the experimental group compared to the control group over two different times. In addition, there was a statistically significant decrease in fatigue in the experimental group compared to the control group over two different times.

Conclusion: Foot reflexology was effective on nausea, vomiting and fatigue in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in this study. Therefore, foot reflexology can be usefully utilized as a nursing intervention in the field of cancer nursing for breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

Citation:

Yang JH. [The effects of foot reflexology on nausea, vomiting and fatigue of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy]. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2005 Feb;35(1):177-85. Korean. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2005.35.1.177. PMID: 15778569.

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:

Σε αυτήν τη μελέτη η πελματιαία ρεφλεξολογία  ήταν αποτελεσματική στην αντιμετώπιση της ναυτίας, του εμέτου και της κόπωσης σε ασθενείς με καρκίνο του μαστού που έλαβαν χημειοθεραπεία. Επομένως, η πελματιαία ρεφλεξολογία μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί αποτελεσματικά ως νοσηλευτική παρέμβαση  σε ασθενείς με καρκίνο του μαστού που λαμβάνουν χημειοθεραπεία.

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