The Efficacy of Healing Touch Versus Guided Imagery on Pain, Fatigue, Nausea, and Anxiety in Patients' Receiving Outpatient Chemotherapy
I. To determine if the provision of healing touch or guided imagery during outpatient
chemotherapy is associated with decreased pain, fatigue, nausea and anxiety when compared to
standard outpatient treatment protocols.
OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 treatment arms.
ARM A: Patients receive 30 minutes of healing touch therapy comprising magnetic clearing,
pain drains, hands in motion/hands still and mind clearing.
ARM B: Patients listen to guided imagery audiotapes for 30 minutes
ARM C: Patients receive standard of care.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Change scores for each patient on pain scale
Collected using a 10 point visual analog scale for pain, fatigue, nausea, and anxiety. Analyzed initially using descriptive statistics. Compared among the 3 groups using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) models and 2-sample t-tests.
Approximately 6 months
Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University
United States: Institutional Review Board
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