Research: KIM and KIM,

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Abstract

KIM and KIM, St Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University, Seoul 137-701, Korea, have described the effects of a relaxation breathing exercise on fatigue in patients after haemopoietic stem cell transplant.

Background

The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of a relaxation breathing exercise on fatigue in haemopoietic stem cell transplant patients.

Methodology

In this randomized controlled study, 35 patients were randomized to exercise group or waiting list control. The exercise was physical exercise combined with breathing for 30 minutes each day for 6 weeks. Fatigue levels were measured pre- and post-treatment by the revised Piper Fatigue Scale.

Results

The patients in the exercise group had a greater decrease in fatigue than patients in the control group.

Conclusion

A relaxation breathing exercise by a nurse can improve fatigue in allogenic haemopoietic stem cell transplantation patients.

References

Kim SD, Kim HS. Effects of a relaxation breathing exercise on fatigue in haemopoietic stem cell transplantation patients. Journal of Clinical Nursing 14 (1): 51-55, Jan 2005.

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