A Nursing Intervention on Reducing Pain in Children with CancerName : Dr. Amal A. Fathalla
Affliation : Lecturer of Pediatric Nursing
University : Menoufia University
Country : Egypt
Background: Despite major advanced in pain management, cancer pain is managed poorly in 80% of the patients with cancer. So, there is an urgent need for clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of aromatherapy massage on reducing pain in children with cancer. Hypothesis was children who receive aromatherapy massage will have decreased pain intensity
Materials & Methods: The design of this study was quasi-experimental research design. Sixty children aged (1-18) years was selected to carry out this study. The setting of this study was pediatric oncology unit on Menoufia University Hospital. Tools of this study were physiological measurements diary, Wong- Baker Face Pain Scale, Word-Graphic Rating Scale and detailed pain scale. Pain and physiological measurements were measured before and after the massage therapy. Aromatherapy massage therapy was conducted for 30 minutes one time/ day for 5 days. Student t-test was used for comparison between two means and Fisher Exact test was used for cell values less than 5 level of significant was set as P value <0.05 for all statistical tests.
Result: Results of this study showed that, there were statistical significant differences between pre and post massage intervention phases for pulse, respiration, temperature, pain for children in the experimental group.
Conclusions: This study concluded that children who received Aromatherapy Massage had lower heart and respiratory rates and experienced less intensity of pain than children who didn't receive Aromatherapy Massage.
Biography: Amal A. Fathalla is a lecturer of pediatric nursing in faculty of nursing at Menoufia University in Egypt. She obtained her Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Degree from Menoufia University, Egypt. She had attended many conferences and training like The International Scientific Nursing Conference Titled Utilization of Research in Nursing and many more.