The Effects of Foot Reflexology on Peripheral Neuropathy, Symptom Distress, Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients Treated with Oxaliplatin

발반사요법이 항암화학요법 관련 말초신경병증, 증상 디스트레스, 불안 및 우울에 미치는 효과

  • Lee, Se Young (Cancer Center, Samsung Medical Center) ;
  • Ham, Yun Hee (Cancer Center, Samsung Medical Center) ;
  • Ok, Oh Nam (Cancer Center, Samsung Medical Center) ;
  • Kim, Eun Ji (Cancer Center, Samsung Medical Center) ;
  • Kwon, In Gak (Graduate School of Clinical Nursing Science, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine) ;
  • Hwang, Moon Sook (Department of Nursing Science, School of Oriental Medicine in Woosuk University) ;
  • Cho, Myung Sook (Graduate School of Clinical Nursing Science, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine)
  • 이세영 (삼성서울병원 암센터) ;
  • 함윤희 (삼성서울병원 암센터) ;
  • 옥오남 (삼성서울병원 암센터) ;
  • 김은지 (삼성서울병원 암센터) ;
  • 권인각 (삼성서울병원.성균관대학교 임상간호대학원) ;
  • 황문숙 (우석대학교 간호학과) ;
  • 조명숙 (삼성서울병원.성균관대학교 임상간호대학원)
  • Received : 2012.11.05
  • Accepted : 2012.12.20
  • Published : 2012.12.31


Purpose: This study was done to clarify the effects of foot reflexology on peripheral neuropathy, symptom distress, anxiety and depression in cancer patients treated with oxaliplatin. Methods: A quasi-experimental design was employed. Changes in the variables were evaluated to test the effects of foot reflexology. Participants were cancer patients treated with oxaliplatin (experimental group 14 and control group 17). Peripheral neuropathy, symptom distress, anxiety and depression were measured before and after reflexology. Data were collected from October, 2010 to April, 2011. ${\chi}^2$-test, Fisher's exact test, t-test, Wilcoxon signed rank test and the Mann-Whitney U test were used to analyze the data. Results: The experimental group who received foot reflexology experienced less peripheral neuropathy and symptom distress than the control group. There was no difference in anxiety and depression between the experimental and control group. Conclusion: The foot reflexology program adopted in this study was found to be an effective method to reduce peripheral neuropathy and symptom distress. We recommend foot reflexology for patients with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.


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