Impacts of touch massage on the experience of patients with chronic pain : a protocol for a mixed method study

Da Rocha Rodrigues, Maria Goreti (Geneva School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Bollondi-Pauly, Catherine (Hospitals of Geneva) ; Thentz, Camille (Geneva School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Boegli, Monique (Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, University Hospitals of Geneva) ; Curtin, François (University Hospitals, Geneva) ; Luthy, Christophe (Division of General Medical Rehabilitation, University Hospitals of Geneva) ; Cedraschi, Christine (Geneva Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland ; Division of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, University Hospitals) ; Desmeules, Jules (Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, University Hospitals of Geneva)

Background and purpose: Chronic pain is a major public health problem. It affects the quality of life of many patients and their families and compromises physical and social functioning and psychological well-being. Non-pharmacological interventions are increasingly being used as a complement to chronic pain care. One of these interventions is Touch massage (TM) that can provide relaxation, comfort and well-being. In addition to its various physiological functions, TM can be used as a social communication tool. Materials and methods : This is a cluster study with an exploratory qualitative part. Two groups will be considered: the experimental group will benefit from a TM delivered by trained members of care team and the control group will benefit from an intervention of the same duration with a foot massage device. At least 4 sessions will be delivered and spread over two weeks. Sample size calculation showed that 78 participants (39 per group) need to be included. As for the qualitative part, semi-structured interviews will be conducted to investigate the patients’ perception of the intervention; focus groups will explore the satisfaction and general perception of the health care teams. Expected results : Incorporating TM interventions into care planning could bring benefits in supporting patients suffering from chronic pain. TM is expected to increase the patients’ feelings that their pain is seriously considered; physical and psychological support should help improve their sense of comfort and well-being and hence their quality of life. This practice might thus improve the caregiver-patient relationship with TM as a providing a new means of establishing communication through touch.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Santé
School:
HEdS - Genève
Institute:
Aucun institut
Date:
2021-05
Pagination:
7 p.
Published in:
Complementary therapies in clinical practice
Numeration (vol. no.):
2021, vol. 43, article 101276
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ISSN:
1744-3881
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