Chair massage for patients and carers: a pilot service in an outpatient setting of a cancer care hospital

Mackereth, Peter, Campbell, Gwynneth, Maycock, Paula, Hennings, Jean and Breckons, Matthew (2008) Chair massage for patients and carers: a pilot service in an outpatient setting of a cancer care hospital. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 14, (2), 136-142. (doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2007.11.003). (PMID:18396258).


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Purpose: To gather patient and carer evaluations of a 20 min chair massage treatment provided one afternoon a week in an outpatient waiting area.

Method: Information gathered over a year included documented evaluation of chair massage, pre- and post-treatment well-being scores (visual analogue scale).

Results: Both patients (n=224) and carers (n=185) positively evaluated the treatment. Key benefits reported included: relaxation, comfort, time out/treat, distraction, and relief of anxiety. There were significant changes in self-reported well-being score (p=<0.001), but no significant changes between scores for males and females. The changes in well-being scores on occasions (n=3) did not match the positive feedback.

Conclusions: The findings suggest that the service was appreciated by patients and carers. The project was continued for a further year with internal funding. Further research is warranted to ascertain the added and longer-term value of this intervention.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2007.11.003
ISSNs: 1744-3881 (print)
1873-6947 (electronic)
Keywords: outpatients, carers, chair massage, evaluation
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions : Faculty of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 203525
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 2008Published
31 December 2007Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 11:37
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:46

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