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Evaluating the Aromatherapy Recommendation for Pain in the Holistic Nurses' Pain Relief Tools for Patients and Self-Care.

Authors
  • Santos, Anabela1
  • Percy, Melanie2
  • Rabinowitsch, David3
  • 1 242612Felician University.
  • 2 5751Rutgers University.
  • 3 4605Felician University.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2022
Volume
40
Issue
2
Pages
99–107
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/08980101211025373
PMID: 34125628
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Purpose of Study: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of the aromatherapy (AT) recommendation in the American Holistic Nurses Association's (AHNA's) Holistic Nurses' Pain Relief Tools for Patients and Self-Care (Pain Tool). Methodology: An observational survey design was used and a purposeful sample of 55 nurses were invited to a two-part, 15-question survey administered via SurveyMonkey. The demographic data were analyzed with quantitative analysis and the open-ended questions were analyzed via content analysis. Results: A total of 55 registered nurses completed the survey and the mean age of participants was 53 years old. Lavender essential oil (EO) was used by 100% (N = 55) of participants and the inhalation method was favored (93%; n = 51). The AT recommendation was most helpful for educational purposes (29%; n = 16) and to reduce symptoms of pain (21%; n = 8). A majority of participants used the five holistic nursing core values (70%; n = 31) as well as promote more options for pain management (48%; n = 13) to improve outcomes (30%; n = 13). Respondents recommend the addition of more EOs and safety information (23%; n = 8). Finally, five recommendations were made to AHNA. Implication for Practice: Nurses who use AT (guideline) as a safe, cost-effective intervention for pain improve quality outcomes.

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