The Effects of Hand Massage on Comfort in Women with Gynecologic Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy

손마사지가 항암화학요법을 받는 부인암 환자의 안위에 미치는 효과

  • 전나미 (성신여자대학교 간호학과) ;
  • 김상희 (삼성서울병원 간호본부)
  • Received : 2009.11.16
  • Accepted : 2010.02.02
  • Published : 2010.02.27

Abstract

Purpose: This study was to identify the effect of hand massage on comfort in women with gynecologic cancer undergoing chemotherapy. Methods: A nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design was used for this study. Hand massage was provided to the experimental group for 5 min (2.5 min for each side) once on admission day, twice from the second day until the day before discharge, and once in the morning on discharge day. Results: Findings showed no significant differences in pre and post levels of general, physical, psycho-spiritual, social and environmental comfort. However, women's comfort levels in all domains were increased after the chemotherapy in the experimental group. Conclusion: Although there were some increases in women's comfort levels on all domains after the treatment, hand massage was not proved as a statistically useful nursing intervention in comforting women with gynecologic cancer. The results suggest that hand massage could be effective if it is applied longer than it was in this study. The future implications of hand massage in patients with various cancers are discussed.

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