Reflexology For Cancer

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  Cancer, Pain  

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  Italy   DPMSC School of Medicine, University of Udine, Italy  



Quattrin, R, Zanini, A., Buchini, S., Turello, D., Annunziata, M. A., Vidotti, C., Colombatti, A., and Brusaferro, S. , "Reflexology Reduces Anxiety In Chemotherapy Patients." Journal of Nursing Management. March 2006, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 96-105.


  A study group of 30 chemotherapy patients admitted to the oncology unit at a scientific research hospital were assigned to either a treatment group to receive one 30 minute reflexology session or to a control group. The Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) was administered before, 30 minutes after and 24 hours after each session. The reflexology group scored a statistically significant decrease in anxiety.



The significant decrease in anxiety observed in this sample of patients with breast and lung cancer following foot reflexology suggests that this may be a self-care approach to decrease anxiety in this patient population. Implications For Nursing Practice: Professionals and lay people can be taught reflexology. Foot reflexology is an avenue for human touch, can be performed anywhere, requires no special equipment, is noninvasive, and does not interfere with patients' privacy.

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