An aromatherapy massage intervention on sleep in the ICU: a randomised feasibility study

Natalie Pattison, Geraldine O'Gara, Timothy Wigmore, Jeannie Dyer

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Abstract

We conducted a feasibility randomised controlled trial exploring the effect of aromatherapy massage on sleep in critically ill patients. Patients were randomised to receive aromatherapy massage or usual care, and feasibility of recruitment and outcome data completion was captured. Sleep (depth) was assessed through Bispectral Index monitoring and self/nurse-reported Richards-Campbell Sleep Questionnaires, and the Sleep in the ICU Questionnaire. 34 patients participated: 17 were randomised to aromatherapy massage and 17 to control. 5 participants who received the intervention completed outcomes for analysis (alongside 8 controls). A larger study was deemed unfeasible in this population, highlighting the value of testing feasibility of complex interventions, such as massage for sleep in ICU
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalNursing in Critical Care
Early online date2 Aug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Aug 2023

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