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Abstract Title:

The Effect of Massage With Lavender Oil on Restless Leg Syndrome in Hemodialysis Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Abstract Source:

Nurs Midwifery Stud. 2015 Dec ;4(4):e29617. Epub 2015 Dec 1. PMID: 26835466

Abstract Author(s):

Sayyed Hossein Hashemi, Ali Hajbagheri, Mohammad Aghajani

Article Affiliation:

Sayyed Hossein Hashemi


BACKGROUND: Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common problem in patients with chronic renal failure. It can reduce the quality of life and sleep disturbances. This disorder is usually treated pharmacologically. Recently, complementary medicine methods have been suggested because of chemical drugs adverse effects. There is not enough evidence about the effect of aromatherapy on RLS.

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of massage with lavender oil on RLS symptoms in hemodialysis patients.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: This randomized clinical trial study included 70 hemodialysis patients with RLS that were randomly assigned into two groups in 2014. The experimental group received effleurage massage using lavender oil and control group received routine care for three weeks. Data was collected with RLS questionnaire and analyzed using independent and paired t-test and Chi-square test.

RESULTS: The mean RLS scores were not significantly different in the two groups at the start of study (22.41± 7.67 vs. 22.90 ± 4.38, P = 0.76). At the end of study, the mean RLS score significantly decreased in the intervention group, while this score remained relatively un-changed in the control group (12.41 ± 5.49 vs. 23.23 ± 4.52, P<0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS: Lavender oil massage was effective to improve RLS in hemodialysis patients. It has no adverse effects, is practical and cost-effective. It is suggested to be used along with routine treatment of RLS in hemodialysis patients.

Study Type : Human Study

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