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The effects of foot reflexology on fatigue and insomnia in patients suffering from coal workers’ pneumoconiosis

In a study of 59 patients suffering from coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), fatigue and insomnia scores decreased significantly among members in the experimental group, who received hour-long sessions of foot reflexology twice a week for five weeks. It is suggested that foot reflexology be used as a nursing intervention for patients suffering from CWP.

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PMID: 16418548 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Source of abstract below: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16418548

Lee YM, Sohng KY. “The effects of foot reflexology on fatigue and insomnia in patients suffering from coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.” Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2005 Dec; 35(7): 1221-8.

[Article in Korean]

Source
Department of Nursing, Kangwon Tourism College, Kangwon-Do, Korea. ymlee6505@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of foot reflexology on fatigue and insomnia in patients suffering from coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.

METHOD:
This study was a quasi-experimental study of pre-test and post-test design in a non-equivalent control group. The subjects of this study consisted of both the experimental group of twenty-nine and the control group of thirty coal workers’ pneumoconiosis patients. Data was collected from December 10, 2002 to February 15, 2003. Foot reflexology was performed for 60 minutes twice a week through five weeks in the experimental group, but none in the control group. To evaluate the effects of foot reflexology, the scores of fatigue and insomnia were measured before and after the experiment in both groups. Fatigue was evaluated by Fatigue Symptoms Inventory. Insomnia was measured with the visual analogue scale (VAS). Data of this experiment was analyzed by Chi-square test, t-test, unpaired t-test and Repeated Measures ANOVA with the SAS Program.

RESULTS:
The scores of fatigue and insomnia decreased in the experimental group but not in the control group. There was a significant difference of fatigue and insomnia between the two groups.

CONCLUSION:
It is suggested that foot reflexology might have beneficial effects on reducing fatigue and insomnia in patients suffering from coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, and can be recommended as a nursing intervention program for patients with coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.

PMID: 16418548 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16418548

The effects of foot reflexology on nausea, vomiting, and fatigue of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

In a study of 34 breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, from the Department of Nursing at Inje University in Pusan, Korea, there was a significant decrease in nausea and vomiting in the experimental group receiving four 40-minute phases, or sessions, of foot reflexology. It is suggested that reflexology be used as a nursing intervention in the case of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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PMID: 15778569 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Source of abstract below: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15778569

Yang JH., “The effects of foot reflexology on nausea, vomiting and fatigue of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy,” Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2005 Feb; 35(1): 177-85.

[Article in Korean]

Source:
Department of Nursing, Inje University, Pusan, Korea. jhyang@inje.ac.kr

Abstract
PURPOSE:
The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of foot reflexology on nausea, vomiting and fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

METHOD:
The research was a quasi-experimental study using a non-equivalent pre-post design and was conducted from Jan. 26, to Mar. 20, 2004. The subjects consisted of 34 patients with 18 in the experimental group and 16 in control group. A pretest and 2 posttests were conducted to measure nausea, vomiting and fatigue. For the experimental group, foot reflexology, which was consisted of 4 phases for 40 minutes, was given by a researcher and 4 research assistants. The collected data were analyzed by repeated measures ANOVA using the SPSS WIN 10.0 program.

RESULTS:
There was a statistically significant decrease in nausea, and vomiting in the experimental group compared to the control group over two different times. In addition, there was a statistically significant decrease in fatigue in the experimental group compared to the control group over two different times.

CONCLUSION:
Foot reflexology was effective on nausea, vomiting and fatigue in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in this study. Therefore, foot reflexology can be usefully utilized as a nursing intervention in the field of cancer nursing for breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

PMID: 15778569 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15778569