Research: SCHOFIELD, Nursing, Un

Listed in Issue 85

Abstract

SCHOFIELD, Nursing, University of Sheffield, evaluated Snoezelen [a multiplicity of different activities on the sensory level – light, noises, feelings, smells and taste] for relaxation in chronic pain management.

Background

Snoezelen is a sensory environment purporting to produce relaxation. The study was designed to test Snoezelen against conventional relaxation in the pain clinic setting.

Methodology

Pain, anxiety, depression, coping. self-efficacy, and disability were measured. Assessments were carried out at three time intervals.

Results

The experimental group experienced significant reductions in pain (p = 0.002), and an improvement in self-efficacy (p = 0.02), as well as for sickness impact on the following scales: physical (p = 0.009), psychosocial (p = 0.009), recreation (p = 0.001), sleep (p = 0.001) and total sickness impact (p = 0.001). The control group experienced significant improvements in the psychosocial scale (p = 0.05), sleep scale (p = 0.01) and total sickness impact (p = 0.004).

Conclusion

The study suggests that Snoezelen environments are as effective as, if not slightly better than, teaching relaxation in the traditional pain clinic environment for chronic pain patients.

References

Schofield P. Evaluating Snoezelen for relaxation within chronic pain management. British Journal of Nursing 11 (12): 812-821, Jun-Jul 2002.

Munro Hall Clinic 2019

IJCA 2018 New Skyscraper

Scientific and Medical Network 2

Cycle India 2020

Walk on the Wide Side Trek Kenya 2020

Big Heart Bike Ride South Africa 2020

top of the page