Relaxation therapy as an intervention for hot flushes in women with breast cancer

Fenlon, Deborah (1999) Relaxation therapy as an intervention for hot flushes in women with breast cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 3, (4), 223-231. (doi:10.1016/S1462-3889(99)81335-0).


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For many women with breast cancer, menopausal signs may be troublesome.While there is still uncertainty about the role of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), other ways should be sought to obtain relief from symptoms. Relaxation therapy may have a combined physical and psychological effect that may help to reduce hot flushes and night sweats. A pilot study using a randomized controlled trial method was conducted to investigate this hypothesis. Twenty-four women were randomly assigned to receive either relaxation training or no intervention, although only 16 were available for final analysis. Hot flushes were measured by a patient rating and a linear analogue scale of distress factors. A trend was seen for hot flushes and night sweats to be reduced, but the results did not achieve significance. Psychological state was measured by the General Health Questionnaire. This showed a significant reduction in psychological morbidity (P=0.05) in the relaxation group. The research method was shown to be appropriate and useful and larger studies are recommended to test this intervention.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S1462-3889(99)81335-0
ISSNs: 1462-3889 (print)
1532-2122 (electronic)

Alternative titles: Entspannungstherapie als Intervention bei Hitzewallungen bei Patientinnen mit BrustkrebsTerapia de relajación como intervención para los sofocos en mujeres con cäncer de mama
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 161763
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 1999Published
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2010 08:39
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:28

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