Exploring the effect of foot massage on agitated behaviours in older people with dementia: A pilot study

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Title Exploring the effect of foot massage on agitated behaviours in older people with dementia: A pilot study
Author Moyle, Wendy; Johnston, Amy Nicole Burne; O'Dwyer, Siobhan
Journal Name Australasian Journal on Ageing
Editor Lynne Parkinson
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract Aim:  To explore the effects of foot massage on agitated behaviours in older people with dementia living in long-term care. Methods:  Seventeen men and 5 women (mean age 84.7 years), with a diagnosis of dementia and a history of clinically significant agitation, received a 10-minute foot massage each day for 14 days. The short form of the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI-SF) and the Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist (RMBPC) were completed at baseline, post-test and 2-weeks follow up. Results:  CMAI-SF and RMBPC scores were significantly reduced at post-test and remained significantly lower than baseline at follow up. Conclusion:  This study provides preliminary evidence suggesting that limited short-duration foot massage reduces agitation and related behavioural problems in people with dementia, and that these behaviour changes are maintained after the massage ceases. A randomised controlled trial is required to confirm these findings.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00504.x
Volume 30
Issue Number 3
Page from 159
Page to 161
ISSN 1440-6381
Date Accessioned 2011-07-26
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:36:39Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41620
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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