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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 May;31:315-319. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.02.017. Epub 2018 Mar 1.

The effects of reflexology on pain and sleep deprivation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized controlled trial.

Author information

1
Gaziantep University Health Science Faculty Nursing Department, 27310, Gaziantep, Turkey. Electronic address: e.bakir02@gmail.com.
2
Gaziantep University Health Science Faculty Nursing Department, 27310, Gaziantep, Turkey. Electronic address: sevginsamancioglu@hotmail.com.
3
Gaziantep University Medical Faculty, Department Of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 27310, Gaziantep, Turkey. Electronic address: savasgursoy@gantep.edu.tr.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was intended to examine the effect of foot reflexology on RA patients' pain and sleep quality.

METHODS:

This is a randomized controlled trial and was held at the "Rheumatology Follow-up Polyclinic" in Turkey between January-July 2015. A total of 60 patients were included in the research. A sociodemographic data form, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) were used. Foot Reflexology was administered to the experimental group.

RESULTS:

The research found that the pain scores of the experimental group were statistically more significant than those of the control group (p < .01). The experimental group's average pain was reduced by the six weeks of foot reflexology. The total PSQI score of the experimental group was lowered.

CONCLUSIONS:

Foot reflexology is a non-pharmacological nursing intervention that may reduce the pain and sleep deprivation symptoms of RA patients.

PMID:
29705475
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.02.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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