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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Feb;20(1):1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.11.005. Epub 2013 Nov 22.

The effects of lavender aromatherapy on pain following needle insertion into a fistula in hemodialysis patients.

Author information

1
Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran. Electronic address: anna30432003@yahoo.com.
2
Department of Nephrology, School of Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran. Electronic address: ftespahbodi@yahoo.com.
3
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran. Electronic address: atinik1357@yahoo.com.
4
Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran; Traditional and Complementary Medicine Research Centre, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran; Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Electronic address: ashorofi@yahoo.com.
5
Department of Biostatistics, School of Health Sciences, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran. Electronic address: jamshid_1380@yahoo.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study sought to determine the effects of lavender aromatherapy on pain following needle insertion into a fistula in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

METHOD:

This is a randomized controlled clinical trial in which 92 patients undergoing hemodialysis with arteriovenous fistulas were randomly divided into two groups. The experimental-group patients inhaled lavender essence with a concentration of 10% for 5 min during 3 hemodialysis sessions, while the control-group patients received aromatherapy free of lavender essence.

RESULTS:

The mean VAS pain intensity score in the experimental and control groups before the intervention was 3.78 ± 0.24 and 4.16 ± 0.32, respectively (p = 0.35). The mean VAS pain intensity score in the experimental and control groups after three aromatherapy sessions was 2.36 ± 0.25 and 3.43 ± 0.31, respectively (p = 0.009).

CONCLUSION:

Lavender aromatherapy may be an effective technique to reduce pain following needle insertion into a fistula in hemodialysis patients.

KEYWORDS:

Aromatherapy; Hemodialysis fistulas; Lavender essence; Needle insertion; Pain

PMID:
24439636
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.11.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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