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Evidence-Based Practice

Effect of Massage Therapy for Postsurgical Mastectomy Recipients

Nancy L. Drackley
Amy C. Degnim
James W. Jakub
Susanne M. Cutshall
Barbara S. Thomley
Julie K. Brodt
Laura K. VanderLei
Jane K. Case
Lisa D. Bungum
Stephen S. Cha
Brent A. Bauer
Judy C. Boughey
CJON 2012, 16(2), 121-124 DOI: 10.1188/12.CJON.121-124

This quality improvement pilot study evaluated the effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, and overall well-being in women who received mastectomies at a busy hospital practice. Participants reported a significant reduction in pain, stress, and muscle tension, as well as an increase in relaxation. Oncology nurses should consider the feasibility of massage therapy as a valuable nonpharmcologic pain management strategy.

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