Τίτλος:
The effects of reflexology on anxiety and pain in patients after abdominal hysterectomy: A randomised controlled trial

Δημοσιεύτηκε:
Complementary Therapies in Medicine Volume 36, February 2018, Pages 107-112

Συγγραφείς:
Ruşen Öztürka, Ümran Sevila, Asuman Sarginb, M. Sait Yücebilgin

Οι επιδράσεις της ρεφλεξολογίας στο άγχος και τον πόνο σε ασθενείς μετά από κοιλιακή υστερεκτομή: Μια τυχαιοποιημένη ελεγχόμενη δοκιμή.

Η Ρεφλεξολογία μπορεί να είναι αποτελεσματική για τη μείωση του πόνου και του άγχους μετά από χειρουργείο υστερεκτομής.

Highlights

• This study investigated that reflexology reduces pain, anxiety and analgesia intake after abdominal hysterectomy.

• Foot reflexology intervention can serve as an effective nursing intervention to promote postoperative well-being of females after hysterectomy.

• Thus, awareness should be raised among all health care staff, particularly nurses, and regular in-service training and practices should be provided.

Objectives
This study aimed at finding out the effects of reflexology on pain, anxiety levels after abdominal hysterectomy.

Desing & methods
The study was performed on women hospitalized in the intensive care unit and gynecology services of Ege University Hospital in İzmir after abdominal hysterectomy between September 2013 and September 2014. This study was designed and conducted as a randomized controlled trial. The study sample consisted of 63 female patients: 32 in the experimental group and 31 in the control group. The postoperative daily monitoring sheet, Spielberger State Anxiety Inventory (SAI), was employed to collect research data and “visual analog scale” to evaluate pain levels.

Results
The female patients’ average age was found to be 47.23 ± 4.71. The three-day monitoring showed a significant difference between the experimental and control groups in terms of average pain levels and anxiety scores after reflexology (p < 0.05). Conclusion
Foot reflexology may serve as an effective nursing intervention to increase the well-being and decrease the pain of female patients after abdominal hysterectomy, and nurses should be aware of the benefits of reflexology.