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Seo and Chang: Effects of Aroma Hand Massage On Sleep, Depression and Quality of Life in the Institutionalized Elderly Women



The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of aroma hand massage on Sleep, depression and quality of life in the institutionalized elderly women.


This study was a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design. The data was collected from June 23 to August 10 of 2009. Fifty - Six elderly women were divided into two groups, 27 institutionalized elderly women for the experimental group and 29 institutionalized elderly women for the control group. As for experimental treatment, the experimental group went through aroma hand massage with blended oil-a mixture of Lavender, Bergamot, Chamomile Roman in the ratio of 1 : 1 : 1, which was diluted 2.0% with jojoba carrier oil 20 mL-on each hand for 5 minutes, three times a week during two weeks. Control group went non-treatment.


The aroma hand massage experimental group showed more significant differences in the charge of sleep score (t=3.83, p=.00) and depression (t=-3.54, p=.00).


Aroma hand massage had a positive effect on sleep and depression in Institutionalized elderly women.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
Demographic characteristics and homogeneity of the experimental and control group (N=56)

Exp=experimental group; Cont=control group.

Table 2
Homogeneity of dependent variables between experimental and control group (N=56)

Exp=experimental group; Cont=control group.

Table 3
The comparison of sleep score pre-post difference between experimental and control group (N=56)

Exp=experimental group; Cont=control group.

Table 4
The comparison of depression score pre-post difference between experimental and control group (N=56)

Exp=experimental group; Cont=control group.

Table 5
The comparison of quality of life score pre-post difference between experimental and control group (N=56)

Exp=experimental group; Cont=control group.


This study was supported by Taegu Science College Research Grants of 2009.


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