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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2006;12(2):168-176.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2006.12.2.168   
Effects of Aromatherapy Massage on Pain, Physical Function, Sleep Disturbance and Depression in Elderly Women with Osteoarthritis
In Ryoung Choi
Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Seonam University 720 Kwangchi-Dong, Namwon, Jun-Ra-Buk-Do, Korea. ng91cir@seonam.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
This study was to investigate the effects of aromatherapy massage on pain, physical function, sleep disturbance and depression in elderly women with osteoarthritis. METHOD: The study design was a quasi-experiment design with a non-equivalent control group pre and post-test. The study pool included elderly female patients older than 65years old suffering from osteoarthritis.
RESULTS
Pain in the experimental group after the aromatherapy massage was significantly decreased than that in the control group. The physical disability in the experimental group after the aromatherapy massage was significantly decreased than that in the control group. The sleep disturbance in the experimental group after the aromatherapy massage was significantly decreased than that in the control group. The depression in the experimental group after the aromatherapy massage was significantly decreased than that in the control group.
CONCLUSION
Aromatherapy may be adopted as an effective nursing intervention for osteoarthritis.
Key Words: Osteoarthritis; Pain; Depression


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