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The use of massage in nursing care: a systematic analysis of studies performed in Turkey between 1997 and 2015

Gamze GOKE, Sebnem Cinar Yucel.

Objective: This examination of the literature had the aim of analyzing studies performed in Turkey on the use of massage, which is one of the independent functions of nurses, from the viewpoint of researchers, study type, sample type and subject areas.
Methods: Included in our study were theses and research studies on massage therapy by nurses in Turkey between 1997 and 2015. The study data was gathered from medical and nursing databases (PubMed, Sience Direct etc.), thesis and Turkish journals published online. The sample of the study consisted of forty such studies.
Results: It was found that 82.1% of the studies (n = 32) were experimental, and 17.9% (n = 7) were semi-experimental. Also, 84.6% of the studies (n = 33) were performed by academic nurses alone, 10.3% (n= 4) were performed by academic and clinical nurses, and 5.4% (n = 2) by academic and teaching nurses.
Conclusion: The number of studies of the use of massage is steadily increasing in Turkey as in the rest of the world. It is seen that 95% (n= 38) of the studies conducted on massage in Turkey were masters or doctoral theses. It is felt that as the number of evidence-based studies in Turkey increases, massage will play a greater part in nursing practice, nurses will provide care which is more holistic, and patients’ quality of life will be improved.

Key words: Massage; Nursing; Complementary and integrative therapy.

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