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Title: Effect of a spa bath on patient symptoms in an acute palliative care setting: A pilot study.
Austin Authors: Skaczkowski, Gemma ;Moran, Juli A ;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
Issue Date: Aug-2018 2018-05-23
Publication information: 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.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.05.004
ORCID: 0000-0003-0715-3563
PubMed URL: 30057034
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Anxiety
Palliative care
Spa bath
Water-based relaxation
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