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BioMed Research InternationalVolume 2014 2014, Article ID 430195, 12 pages

Research Article

Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, United Christian Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong

School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Received 11 February 2014; Accepted 10 May 2014; Published 13 July 2014

Academic Editor: Gianluca Coppola

Copyright © 2014 Shuk Kwan Tang and M. Y. Mimi Tse. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To examine the effectiveness of an aromatherapy programme for older persons with chronic pain. The community-dwelling elderly people who participated in this study underwent a four-week aromatherapy programme or were assigned to the control group, which did not receive any interventions. Their levels of pain, depression, anxiety, and stress were collected at the baseline and at the postintervention assessment after the conclusion of the four-week programme. Eighty-two participants took part in the study. Forty-four participants 37 females, 7 males were in the intervention group and 38 participants 30 females, 8 males were in the control group. The pain scores were 4.75 SD 2.32 on a 10-point scale for the intervention group and 5.24 SD 2.14 for the control group before the programme. There was a slight reduction in the pain score of the intervention group. No significant differences were found in the same-group and between-group comparisons for the baseline and postintervention assessments. The depression, anxiety, and stress scores for the intervention group before the programme were 11.18 SD 6.18, 9.64 SD 7.05, and 12.91 SD 7.70, respectively. A significant reduction in negative emotions was found in the intervention group . The aromatherapy programme can be an effective tool to reduce pain, depression, anxiety, and stress levels among community-dwelling older adults.

Autor: Shuk Kwan Tang and M. Y. Mimi Tse



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