Research: OH and YOON,

Listed in Issue 160

Abstract

OH and  YOON, Department of Nursing, Inje University, Busanjin-gu, Busan, Korea. ohjina@inje.ac.kr  studies the effects of self leg massage in nurses in reducing oedema and pain.

Background

This study was done to compare edema and pain after completing a nurse's daily shift and to examine the effects of self leg massage which was usually used for reducing nurses' lower extremity edema and pain after their shift.

Methodology

The research design was a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design. Study subjects were 81 nurses who took a self leg massage program created by the researcher. Self leg massage was done 15 times during 3 weeks. Data were collected from September 21 to October 31, 2007. The level of lower extremity oedema was measured by ankle and calf circumference by a tapeline in cm; the pain score was measured by using a subjective numbering rating scale. Data were analyzed with the SPSS 12.0 program using statistics of repeated measures

Results

There was a statistically significant difference in pain according to the department. There was a statistically significant difference in lower extremity edema and pain in nurses after their shift and self leg massage.

Conclusion

Self leg massage was effective for relieving nurses' lower extremity oedema and pain. Therefore, it is proposed that standardized self leg massage should be applied as a method for nurses' lower extremity oedema and pain.

References

Oh J and Yoon CM. [Lower extremity edema and pain of nurses and the effect of self leg massage]. [Korean] Daehan Ganho Haghoeji. 38(2):278-86, Apr 2008.

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