Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2011 Aug;20(2):105-112.

The Effect of Foot Bath Therapy on Post-operation Pain, Stress, HRV in Hand Replantation Patients

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Baekseok University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Hyechon College, Korea. mjkwon@hu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of foot bath therapy on post-operation pain, stress, HRV of hand replantation patients.
METHODS
Quasi-experimental study design and non-equivalent control group pre & post test repeated measure design were employed for this experiment. 47 subjects were selected for this study. 25 subjects of experimental group participated in foot bath program had foot bath 11 times for 2 weeks; 22 subjects of control group didn't have foot bath. Pain was digitized numerically by using Visual Analogue Scale, stress was measured by stress perception questionnaire, and HRV was measured by using Cnopy9 (IEMBIO).
RESULTS
The collected data were analyzed by using SPSS 17.0 Win program. (1) The difference between experimental group and control group was shown statistically significant in aspect of pain (p<.05). (2) The difference between experimental group and control group was shown statistically significant in aspect of stress (p<.05). (3) The difference between experimental group and control group was not shown statistically significant in aspect of HRV (p>.05).
CONCLUSION
Foot bath program was an effective intervention for pain loss and perception of stress reduction. But it wasn't effective for HRV.

Keyword

Foot bath; Pain; Stress; HRV
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