The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

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

Record type: Article


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.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

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


Local EPrints ID: 203525
ISSN: 1744-3881
PURE UUID: 6ad08d3f-0dc6-4c31-9a49-cfdaedf2007e

Catalogue record

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

Export record



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

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.