Volume 20, Issue 3 (12-2012)                   Avicenna J Nurs Midwifery Care 2012, 20(3): 50-60 | Back to browse issues page

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A. Mohammadpour, Ph.D., A. Dehno Alian, M.Sc. student, S.J. Mojtabavi, M.D.. The Effects of Foot Reflexology Massage on Physiological Parameters of Patients with Stroke. Avicenna J Nurs Midwifery Care 2012; 20 (3) :50-60
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Introduction & Objective:Stroke is the leading cause of disability in adults and the 6th cause of diseases burden, globally. Different methods such as methods of alternative medicine can help nurses to improve patients’ health. Foot reflexology massage is one of the techniques that can be used. The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of this method on physiological parameters of patients with stroke.
Materials & Methods: Inthis clinical trial study 68 patients with stroke were selected and randomly divided into two groups of intervention (34patients) and control(34). In the intervention group, foot reflexology massage was performed about 30 minutes for each patient.Data collection devices were a demographic questionnaire and a check list of physiological parameters. Data was analyzed by descriptive statistics and analytic tests such as ANOVA with repeated measurements using spss software
Results:Repeated measurements showed that during the process of controlling physiological parameters, there was not any statistically significant change in the patients’ temperature, respiration and blood oxygen saturation. But it was found a significant difference in heart rate in both groups(P=0.00).
Conclusion:The results of this study demonstrate that foot reflexology massage can be used as a safe, effective and economical nursing intervention to reduce the heart rate in patients with stroke.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Nursing
Accepted: 2016/02/14 | Published: 2016/02/14

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