The value of stress relieving techniques
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The value of stress relieving techniques

Anita Mehrez Deputy clinical lead, Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Rebecca Knowles Research assistant, Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Peter Mackereth Clinical lead, Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Eileen Hackman Research nurse, Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

An acute complementary therapy service has been successful in helping oncology patients to overcome procedure-related distress

The aim of this service evaluation was to assess the value of receiving rapid stress management techniques (RSMTs) and complementary therapy to assist with procedure-related distress experienced by people with cancer. The evaluation was carried out at an acute oncology complementary therapy service among patients who had been experiencing difficulties such as needle phobia, claustrophobia and anticipatory nausea. Face-to-face or telephone interviews were conducted with 19 patients and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) scores were collected pre- and post-interview. Four main themes were identified from the transcripts: being distressed, coping with distress, surviving distress and thoughts about the complementary therapy service.

Participants valued being taught RSMTs and receiving complementary therapy as it helped them to achieve a calm state before and during procedures.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 14, 4,14-21. doi: 10.7748/cnp.14.4.14.e1167

Correspondence

peter.mackereth@christie.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

This evaluation was funded by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk

Received: 26 November 2014

Accepted: 07 April 2015