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The effect of foot reflexology massage on incisional pain in abdominal and chest surgery patients admitted to intensive care unit
Jaleh Mohammad Aliha1, Nayerreh Behroozi *2, Hamid Peyrovi3, Abbas Mehran4
1- Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, School of Nursing and Midwifery
2- Tehran, Iran (* Corresponding Author), Iran University of Medical Sciences , mohammadaliha.j@iums.ac.ir
3- School of Nursing and Midwifery,, Center for Nursing Care Research, Department of Critical Care Nursing
4- Tehran, Iran, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
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Aim. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of foot reflexology massage on incisional pain in thoraco-abdominal surgery patients admitted to surgery intensive care unit.

Background. Although the most commonly used method of pain relief is pharmacologic, the medications prescribed excessively for severe and chronic pain in patients have side effects and non-pharmacological methods of pain relief may be useful.

Method. In this quasi-experimental study, 102 patients within the age range of 25 to 50 years without any other surgical complication, and normal feet which have undergone thoraco-abdomical surgery were enrolled. They were randomly allocated into 3 equal groups: massage group, pseudo-massage group and control group. The pain was measured Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) before, right after, 10 minute and 24 hours after the treatment. Other data was extracted from medical records. The information was analyzed by SPSS using appropriate statistical tests.

Findings. According to the findings, there were no statistically significant difference between the groups in terms of age sex marital status educational levels underlying diseases and type, duration and severity of the surgery. The pain score was not significantly different between groups before and right after the intervention. However, 10 minutes and 24 hours after the intervention, pain score was lower in the massage group. The use of pharmacological analgesics had also reduced in the massage group.

Conclusion. Foot reflexology was effective on incisional pain after thoraco-abdominal surgery. Nurses can use this intervention to improve patient comfort and decrease  pain medications administration in thease patients.

Keywords: Foot reflexology massage, Incisional pain, Abdominal and chest surgery
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: Research | Subject: Cardiovascular
Received: 2014/08/24 | Accepted: 2014/08/24 | Published: 2014/08/24 | ePublished: 2014/08/24
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Mohammad Aliha J, Behroozi N, Peyrovi H, Mehran A. The effect of foot reflexology massage on incisional pain in abdominal and chest surgery patients admitted to intensive care unit. پرستاری قلب و عروق. 2013; 2 (2) :6-12
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