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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.
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.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
District of Columbia
Not yet recruiting
Medstar Health Research Institute
Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-07-16T10:38:22-0400
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