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Massage Therapy for Self-efficacy in LVAD Recipients

2019-07-16 10:38:22 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This pilot study evaluates the role of massage therapy to improve self-efficacy in patients with advanced heart failure who have recently received a left-ventricular assist device. In addition to usual care, half of the volunteer patients will receive a massage at regular clinic visits and half will not receive any massage.

Description

Patients with advanced heart failure who undergo left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation may experience notable physical and/or emotional distress associated with this lifestyle-changing procedure. Furthermore, these patients are faced with the task of coping with the trauma of surgery, creating new self-care routines, and learning to live with a lifesaving mechanical device that must always be connected to a power source.The immediate weeks and months after LVAD implantation are a critical period to lower physical and emotional distress and to influence patient coping and adaptation. In small studies, massage therapy has been increasingly used to improve patient self-efficacy and coping. In this pilot study, we investigate whether regularly scheduled massages delivered in the clinic setting improve self-efficacy and coping in this select patient population.

Study Design

Conditions

Heart Failure

Intervention

Massage

Location

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington
District of Columbia
United States
20010

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Medstar Health Research Institute

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-07-16T10:38:22-0400

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