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

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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.

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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), pp. 136-142. (doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2007.11.003). (PMID:18396258).

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e-pub ahead of print date: 31 December 2007
Published date: May 2008
Keywords: outpatients, carers, chair massage, evaluation
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 203525
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/203525
ISSN: 1744-3881
PURE UUID: 6ad08d3f-0dc6-4c31-9a49-cfdaedf2007e

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Date deposited: 17 Nov 2011 11:37
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:08

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Author: Peter Mackereth
Author: Gwynneth Campbell
Author: Paula Maycock
Author: Jean Hennings
Author: Matthew Breckons

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