Research: YANG and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

YANG and COLLEAGUES, Institute of Allied Health Science and Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan City, 701 Taiwan  ns127@mail.ncku.edu.tw studied the effects of aromatherapy massage on alleviating agitation and depressive mood in individuals with dementia.

Background

The current study examined the effects of aromatherapy massage on alleviating agitation and depressive mood in individuals with dementia.

Methodology

A randomized controlled trial and repeated measures design was conducted. A total of 59 participants were randomly assigned to intervention or control groups. The intervention group received aromatherapy massage once per week for 8 weeks.

Results

Results indicated no significant changes over time in overall agitation for either group, but agitation decreased from Week 1 to Week 5 for the intervention group. In addition, the overall depressive symptoms decreased significantly over time for the intervention group compared to the control group (p < 0.001). However, changes in agitation within 24 hours following aromatherapy massage showed some significant changes in Weeks 5 and 9.

Conclusion

Aromatherapy massage can be an effective and safe intervention to alleviate specific agitated behaviours and depressive mood in individuals with dementia. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42(9), 38-46.].

References

Yang YP, Wang CJ, Wang JJ. Effect of Aromatherapy Massage on Agitation and Depressive Mood in Individuals With Dementia J Gerontol Nurs. 42(9): 38-46. Sep 1 2016. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20160615-03. Epub Jun 20 2016.

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