Examining the Effect of Healing Touch on Radiotherapy-induced Fatigue
- To determine the ability to recruit and retain patients with breast cancer receiving
curative radiotherapy in a Complementary and Alternative Medicine trial.
- To determine the acceptability of weekly healing touch therapy to patients with breast
cancer who receive curative radiotherapy.
- To examine the effect of healing touch on fatigue and quality of life for patients with
breast cancer receiving radiotherapy as a component of therapy.
OUTLINE: Patients are stratified by type of treatment (radiotherapy alone vs chemotherapy
completed prior to radiotherapy)
- Arm I:Patients receive healing-touch therapy administered once a week for 45 minutes by
a healing-touch therapist for the duration of radiotherapy.
- Arm II: Patients receive sham-therapy administered once a week for 45 minutes by a
sham-practitioner (NOT a healing-touch therapist) for the duration of radiotherapy.
Patients complete the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD) and a demographic
variables form (age, race/ethnicity, marital status, employment) at baseline. Patient
fatigue is measured on a weekly basis throughout radiotherapy with completion of the Brief
Fatigue Inventory (BFI). The Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast form (FACT-B) is
completed at baseline and the end of radiotherapy. Patients undergo a 20-minute interview at
the end of study to determine the acceptability of the intervention.
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Fatigue Using the Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI)
9-items with an 11-point rating scale measures intensity of fatigue (3 items, 0 = no fatigue to 10 = fatigue as bad as you can imagine) and interference of fatigue on daily life (6 items, 0 = does not interfere to 10 = completely interferes. Each participant's score is summed with a possible minimum score of 0 and a possible maximum score of 90. A mean score was then determined.
Nancy Wells, DNSc, RN
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
United States: Federal Government
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