International Journal of Advance Research in Nursing
2020, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Part A
Effect of back massage on fatigue and quality of life among patients with heart failure
Naglaa EL Mokadem and Amal Nabil Abboud
Background: Heart failure is a life-threatening condition with a broad-ranging impact, affecting almost every important aspect of patients’ lives. Fatigue has been reported as the most common and distressing symptom associated with heart failure. Also, quality of life in heart failure may be impaired by physical symptoms, psychological problems, adverse treatment effects and social limitations. Massage therapy is widely used to treat patients with different conditions. It has been proven that back massage has a positive effect on improving sleep duration that reduce the physiologic burden on the cardiovascular system, and improving fatigue. Despite the evident that massage therapy has a beneficial effect on fatigue in various populations; however, there is no previous studies examined the effect of massage on fatigue in heart failure patients.
Aim of the study: To examine the effect of back massage on fatigue and quality of life in patients with heart failure.
Setting: The study was carried out at the coronary care unit at Menoufia University Hospital.
Sample: A convenient sample of 84 patients with heart failure was recruited to participate in the study.
Design: A quasi experiment design (study/control) was utilized.
Tools: A Semi Structured Demographic Questionnaire; Piper Fatigue Scale; New York Heart Association Classification of Heart Failure and Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire were used to collect data.
Results: There was a highly statistically significant decrease in the total mean score of fatigue and improve quality of life, P< .001.
Conclusion: Back massage is a simple, non-invasive technique has a beneficial effect on reducing fatigue and improving quality of life in heart failure patients.
Recommendation: Massage therapy can be used as a routine practice by nurses in the coronary care units to reduce fatigue and improve quality of life in patients with heart failure.