Foot Reflexology & Pain:Metastatic Cancer

Research brief

The effect of foot reflexology on pain in patients with metastatic cancer 1 , *1

Nancy Stephenson PhD, RN, CS, Assistant Professora, , , Jo Ann Dalton RN, EdD, FAAN, Professor and Chairb and John Carlson MS, Statisticianc

a Adult Health, East Carolina University, School of Nursing, Greenville, NC, USA b University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA c University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Abstract

Thirty-six oncology inpatients participated in this third pilot study investigating the effects of foot reflexology in which equianalgesic dosing was calculated.

Foot reflexology was found to have a positive immediate effect for patients with metastatic cancer who report pain, although there was no statistically significant effect at 3 hours after intervention or at 24 hours after intervention.

Further study is suggested for foot reflexology delivered by family in the homes for management of cancer pain.

Further Reading

Bonica and Loeser 2001. J.J. Bonica and J.D. Loeser, History of pain concepts and therapies. In: J.D. Loeser, Editor, Bonica's management of pain (3rd ed.),, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, Lippincott (2001), pp. 316.

Applied Nursing Research Volume 16, Issue 4 , November 2003, Pages 284-286


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