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OZKARAMAN and COLLEAGUES, 1 Eskişehir Osmangazi University,   2 Private Ümit Hospital; 3 Ege University conducted a randomized, controlled trial to examine the effects of lavender oil aromatherapy on anxiety and sleep quality in patients undergoing chemotherapy.


A cancer diagnosis is a serious stressor that is associated with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and inability to fulfil daily routines. Many pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic options are available to help patients with cancer manage anxiety.


70 patients were randomly assigned to a lavender oil group, a tea tree oil group, and a control group with no oil. A patient identification form, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and the Pittsburgh Quality Sleep Index (PSQI) were used to measure anxiety and sleep quality before and after chemotherapy.


State anxiety before and after chemotherapy did not vary among groups. The authors compared trait anxiety values before and after chemotherapy and found a significant difference in the lavender group.


In addition, a significant change in Pittsburgh Quality Sleep Index (PSQI) measurements before and after chemotherapy was observed.


Ayse Ozkaraman  1 , Özlem Dügüm  2 , Hülya Özen Yılmaz  1 , Öznur Usta Yesilbalkan  3. Aromatherapy: The Effect of Lavender on Anxiety and Sleep Quality in Patients Treated With Chemotherapy Clin J Oncol Nurs.;22(2):203-210. doi: 10.1188/18.CJON.203-210. Apr 1 2018.


The above research demonstrated a significant difference in trait anxiety values in the lavender group of patients before and after undergoing chemotherapy.

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