Nurse-administered hand massage: Integration into an infusion suite’s standard of care

Caitlin M. Braithwaite, Deborah Ringdahl

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Background: Nurse-delivered hand massage is a safe and effective intervention that has potential for positively affecting nursing and patient outcomes. Objectives: Nurses in a National Cancer Institute-designated academic health center outpatient chemotherapy infusion suite were taught how to administer a hand massage to strengthen the nurse-patient relationship and improve patient experience, comfort, satisfaction, stress, and anxiety. Methods: A pre-/postimplementation group comparison design was used. Patients in both groups completed self-reported measures of stress, comfort, satisfaction, and anxiety. Nurses completed Likert-type scales pre- and postimplementation on the perceived benefits of hand massage to the patient and nursing practice, impact on patient anxiety, and preparation in providing a hand massage. Findings: A positive trend was seen in all indicators. Patients who received a hand massage had a statistically significant improvement in comfort (p = 0.025) compared to those who did not. A statistically significant improvement was seen in all nurse indicators pre- to postimplementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E87-E92
JournalClinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors take full responsibility for this content. Ringdahl has previously consulted for and received honorarium from the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing. During the writing of this article, Ringdahl was supported by a performance-based incentive payments grant. The article has been reviewed by independent peer reviewers to ensure that it is objective and free from bias. Mention of specific products and opinions related to those products do not indicate or imply endorsement by the Oncology Nursing Society.

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© 2017 by the Oncology Nursing Society.


  • Massage
  • Nurse-patient relationship
  • Oncology nursing
  • Symptom management


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