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J Korean Acad Adult Nurs. 2009 Apr;21(2):179-186. Korean. Original Article.
Song MS , Kim NC .
Department of Nursing, College of Oriental Medicine, Dongshin University,Korea.
Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of hand massage on fatigue, sleep satisfaction and blood pressure of the aged in a long-term care facility. METHODS: The data were collected from June to August 2008. The subjects were randomly recruited from a long-term care facility in Junnam Providence and were randomly assigned to the experimental group (n = 22) or control group (n = 22). Hand massage was carried out every other day in the evening for two weeks. Massage was administered to each forearm and hand for 10 minutes. Descriptive statistics, x2-test and t-test were performed using SAS program. RESULTS: In the experimental group, the fatigue (p = .017) was significantly lower and the sleep satisfaction (p = .043) was significantly higher than for the control group. CONCLUSION: On the basis of the results of the study, hand massage can be recommended for the elderly with sleep disturbance to reduce fatigue.

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