Research: KARAMAN and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

KARAMAN and COLLEAGUES, 1. Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, School of Medicine, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60100, Tokat, Turkey. drtugbaguler@hotmail.com ;

2. Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, School of Medicine, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60100, Tokat, Turkey conducted a randomized study evaluate the effectiveness of lavender aromatherapy on pain, anxiety, and level of satisfaction associated with the peripheral venous cannulation (PVC) in patients undergoing surgery.

Background

This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of lavender aromatherapy on pain, anxiety, and level of satisfaction associated with the peripheral venous cannulation (PVC) in patients undergoing surgery.

Methodology

One hundred and six patients undergoing surgery were randomized to receive aromatherapy with lavender essential oil (the lavender group) or a placebo (the control group) during PVC. The patients' pain, anxiety, and satisfaction scores were measured.

Results

There was no statistically significantly difference between the groups in terms of demographic data. After cannulation, the pain and anxiety scores (anxiety 2) of the patients in the lavender group were significantly lower than the control group (for p = 0.01 for pain scores; p < 0.001 for anxiety 2 scores). In addition, patient satisfaction was significantly higher in the lavender group than in the control group (p = 0.003).

Conclusion

Lavender aromatherapy had beneficial effects on PVC pain, anxiety, and satisfaction level of patients undergoing surgery.

References

Karaman T1, Karaman S2, Dogru S2, Tapar H2, Sahin A2, Suren M2, Arici S2, Kaya Z2. Evaluating the efficacy of lavender aromatherapy on peripheral venous cannulation pain and anxiety: A prospective, randomized study. Complement Ther Clin Pract. May 2016. 23:64-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.03.008. Epub Mar 25 2016.

Comment

The above research demonstrated that lavender aromatherapy resulted in a significantly lower level of anxiety in patients undergoing surgery.

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