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Pain Manag Nurs. 2019 Feb;20(1):47-53. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2018.03.001. Epub 2018 Dec 13.

Effects of Reflexology and Progressive Muscle Relaxation on Pain, Fatigue, and Quality of Life during Chemotherapy in Gynecologic Cancer Patients.

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1
Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey. Electronic address: alanhacer@gmail.com.
2
Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Our aim was to investigate the effect of reflexology and progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) exercises on pain, fatigue, and quality of life (QoL) of gynecologic cancer patients during chemotherapy.

METHODS:

Eighty participants were randomly assigned to one of four groups: reflexology, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) exercises, both (reflexology + PMR), or a control group. Data were collected with a general data collection form, Brief Pain and Fatigue inventories, and Multidimensional Quality-of-Life Scale-Cancer.

RESULTS:

In reflexology and reflexology + PMR groups, a significant decrease in pain severity and fatigue and an increase in QoL were found (p < .05). In the PMR alone group, pain severity and fatigue decreased significantly (p < .05), but there was no significant change identified in QOL (p > .05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Reflexology and PMR exercises given to gynecologic cancer patients during chemotherapy were found to decrease pain and fatigue and increase QoL.

PMID:
29776873
DOI:
10.1016/j.pmn.2018.03.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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