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Kapoor, Y & Orr, R. (2017). Effect of therapeutic massage on pain in patients with dementia. Dementia: The international journal of social science research and practice.16(1), 119-125. doi: 10.1177/1471301215583391.

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First Published online on April 23, 2015

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The aim was to investigate whether therapeutic massage was effective in relieving pain in elderly residents with dementia.


A randomized controlled study was conducted in an aged care facility. Ten participants with dementia or advanced dementia were allocated to an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group received 10?min of massage (effleurage, kneading, and trigger point therapy) four times per week for 4 weeks. The Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia scale was used as the outcome measure.


No significant changes in mean outcome measure scores were found post intervention (Intervention mean?=?5.0?±?3.49; Control mean?=?5.2?±?3.49: t(8)?=?0.09, p?=?0.93). However, the Intervention Group had a greater magnitude of change (1.200?±?1.78) when compared to the control group (0.800?±?2.16).


Therapeutic massage may provide a useful adjunct to the current pain management plan of patients with dementia.



This document has been peer reviewed.


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