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Σάββατο, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Ρεφλεξολογία για τους Φροντιστές Υγείας

Σήμερα ξεκινάει άλλο ένα φιλόδοξο εθελοντικό πρόγραμμα του Σωματείου Ελλήνων Ρεφλεξολόγων σε συνεργασία με το σωματείο ΠΙΣΤΗ.

Το συγκεκριμένο εγχείρημα "στοχεύει" στην συμπληρωματική φροντίδα των φροντιστών υγείας (γονείς - ιατροί - νοσηλευτικό προσωπικό).

Να ευχαριστήσουμε ΟΛΟΥΣ όσους συνέλαβαν στην υλοποίηση του νέου προγράμματος και να ευχηθούμε ΚΑΛΗ ΕΠΙΤΥΧΙΑ στους εθελοντές που ξεκινούν σήμερα! 

Επί την ευκαιρία ας διαβάσουμε για τα αποτελέσματα πρόσφατης δημοσιευμένης μελέτης για την επίδραση του foot massage σε φροντιστές υγείας ατόμων με γεροντική άνοια.

The effect of foot massage on long-term care staff working with older people with dementia: a pilot, parallel group, randomized controlled trial και εδώ.

Wendy Moyle, Marie Cooke, Siobhan T O¿Dwyer, Jenny Murfield, Amy Johnston and Billy Sung


The results indicate the feasibility of undertaking such a study in terms of: recruitment; the intervention; timing of intervention; and completion rates. A change in the intervention indicated the importance of a quiet, restful environment when undertaking a relaxation intervention. For the psychological measures, although there were trends indicating improvement in mood there was no significant difference between groups when comparing their pre- and post- scores. There were significant differences between groups for diastolic blood pressure (p= 0.04, partial eta2=0.22) and anxiety (p= 0.02, partial eta2=0.31), with the foot massage group experiencing greatest decreases immediately after the session. The qualitative interviews suggest the foot massage was well tolerated and although taking staff away from their work resulted in some participants feeling guilty about taking time out, a 10-min foot massage was feasible during a working shift.


This pilot trial provides data to support the feasibility of the study in terms of recruitment and consent, the intervention and completion rates. Although the outcome data should be treated with caution, the pilot demonstrated the foot massage intervention showed trends in improved mood, reduced anxiety and lower blood pressure in long-term care staff working with older people with dementia. A larger study is needed to build on these promising, but preliminary, findings.