Is Reflexology as Effective as Aromatherapy Massage for Symptom Relief in an Outpatient Oncology Population?
- To determine whether reflexology is as effective as aromatherapy massage for
alleviation of self-selected symptoms in patients with cancer in an outpatient setting.
- To determine the difference between the two therapies with respect to Visual Analogue
Scale (VAS) relaxation scores before and after each treatment.
OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to gender (male vs female), treatment
(chemotherapy vs other) and their first concern choice (pain vs other). Patients are
randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.
- Arm I (Reflexology): Patients undergo 45-60 minutes of reflexology for 4 sessions.
- Arm II (Aromatherapy massage): Patients undergo 45-60 minutes of of aromatherapy
massage for 4 sessions.
Patients complete questionnaires (Measure Yourself Concerns and Well-being [MYCAW]
questionnaire and Visual Analogue Scale [VAS]) at baseline, before and after each session,
and after completion of all four sessions.
Allocation: Randomized, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Difference of 1 point of concern scores in Measure Yourself Concerns and Well-being (MYCAW) questionnaire from baseline to second evaluation (after completion of all four sessions of therapy)
Clare Shaw, MD
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust