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Cancer patients experiences and evaluations of aromatherapy massage in palliative care

Dunwoody, Lynn (2002) Cancer patients experiences and evaluations of aromatherapy massage in palliative care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 8 (10). pp. 497-504. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/toc/ijpn/8/10

DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2002.8.10.10696


Many patients suffering from cancer make use of complementary therapies, with aromatherapy being a popular choice.Quantitative studies, using questionnaire data, have shown that aromatherapy may reduce psychological distress and enhance symptom control in cancer patients. However, little is known about the personal meanings patients associate with the therapy. This study explored the patients’ experiences of aromatherapy using of a focus group interview. Eight themes emerged from the analysis, six of which have been acknowledged to some extent by previous authors: de-stressing effects of aromatherapy, the counselling role of the aromatherapist, aromatherapy as a reward, patient empowerment, communication through touch, and negativeaspects of the service. Two apparently new themes emerged concerned with security of context (where the aromatherapy took place) and preconceived perceptions of the value of aromatherapy as a treatment for cancer patients. The implications of the findings are discussed in relation to the perceived role of counselling, collaborative practice and training in complementary therapies.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:aromatherapy, cancer, palliative care, patient experiences, qualitative
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:31478
Deposited By: Dr Lynn Dunwoody
Deposited On:12 May 2015 08:24
Last Modified:12 May 2015 08:24

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