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|Title:||Effect of a spa bath on patient symptoms in an acute palliative care setting: A pilot study.|
|Authors:||Skaczkowski, Gemma;Moran, Juli;Langridge, Julie;Oataway, Kirsten;Wilson, Carlene J|
|Affiliation:||School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia|
Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
|Citation:||Complementary therapies in clinical practice 2018; 32: 100-102|
|Abstract:||The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the potential for a spa bath intervention to reduce the perception of pain and anxiety, and to improve well-being, among palliative patients. 52 palliative care patients rated their pain, anxiety and well-being before and after taking a bath in a purpose-built spa bath designed to accommodate frail and unwell patients. The intervention improved patients' self-reported pain (t(51) = -6.13, p<.001, dz = .85), anxiety (t(51) = -4.58, p<.001, dz = .64), and well-being (t(48) = -7.19, p < .001, dz = 1.03). The provision of a spa bath may be a simple and effective way to improve patients' quality of life, within the normal course of nursing duties. Whether these results are achieved in a controlled trial and the duration of these effects is unknown. These preliminary results justify further investigation of the potential for water-based relaxation therapy for patients at the end-of-life.|
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