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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 272-280

The effect of complementary therapy for hospital nurses with high stress

1 Faculty of Nursing, Suzuka University of Medical Science, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
2 Graduate School of Medicine, Course of Nursing Science, Mie University, Tsu, Mie, Japan
3 Elderly Day Care Center, Ise, Mie, Japan

Correspondence Address:
Kazuko Onishi
Dean of School of Nursing, Professor of Adult Health Nursing Suzuka University of Medical Science, Japan Address: 3500-3 Minami Tamagaki Chou, Suzuka, Mie, 513-8670
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-5625.189810

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Objective: This study was to examine the effect of complementary therapy (CT) for nurses with high stress levels. It was taken before we employ this technique for cancer survivors because cancer patients are a heterogeneous group that requires substantial resources to investigate. Methods: A quasi-experimental design with five groups was employed for this study. The groups were examined whether there were effects for reducing the stress and the differences in effectiveness among four intervention groups and a nonintervention group. Stress relief was measured using pulse rate and blood pressure measurements and the short form of the profile of mood states (POMS-SF). The participants practiced the therapy for 20 min twice per week for 3 weeks. A two-way factorial analysis of variance was used to analyze the data. Results: The study enrolled 98 nurses (92 female and 6 male) with a mean age of 37.3 ± 10.5 years (range: 22–60 years). Fifty-nine nurses had 10 or more years of nursing experience. There were significant differences in pulse rate and the POMS-SF scores. All groups were effective for reducing the stress level of high-stress nurses, whereas four intervention CT groups were not more effective than nonintervention group. Conclusions: The complementary therapies were useful for nurses with high stress levels. Thus, they can be used as a self-management tool for such nurses. Afterward, we will use the CT for cancer survivors to determine whether it can improve the quality of life of cancer patients.

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