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"Effects of Tactile Touch on pain, sleep and health related quality of life in Parkinsons disease with chronic pain": A randomized, controlled and prospective study
Ryhov Hospital, Sweden .
Svenska Parkinsonstiftelsen, Sweden .
Skaraborg Hospital, Sweden .
Ryhov Hospital, Sweden .
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2013 (English)In: European Journal of Integrative Medicine, ISSN 1876-3820, Vol. 5, no 2, 141-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Parkinsons disease (PD) is often associated with chronic PD related pain. Complementary medicine are widely used but randomized, controlled and prospective studies of the effects are sparse. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanAims of the study: To compare the effects of Tactile Touch (TT) with Rest to Music (RTM) in PD patients with chronic pain and to describe effects within groups. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanPatients and methods: A 34 week controlled randomized and prospective trial compared the effects of TT with RTM in 45 (29 TT and 16 RTM) patients with PD and chronic pain. The whole body tactile stimulation method was performed for each individual patient by the same therapist for 10 times during the first 8 weeks. The RTM group received the same therapy except for the tactile stimulation. Pharmacotherapy was kept unchanged. Participants were assessed at pre- and post-intervention for pain, sleep patterns and health related quality of life (HRQoL). less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: Differences between TT and RTM groups were few. Total PDSS significantly improved within the TT but not in the RTM-group. No significant differences between groups were seen in pain parameters, although significant improvements were seen within the TT-group after the intervention period. There were significant improvements within both groups in HRQoL and between groups in the items physical role and social functioning 4 weeks after screening. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions: No significant differences between the TT and RTM groups were seen. Only in single aspects did patients with PD and chronic pain have more benefit more from CAM therapy with TT in combination with RTM.

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Elsevier , 2013. Vol. 5, no 2, 141-152 p.
Keyword [en]
Pain, Parkinsons disease, Quality of life, Rest, Sleep, Touch
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93979DOI: 10.1016/j.eujim.2012.10.005ISI: 000318617300007OAI: diva2:628245

Funding Agencies|Skaraborg Hospital||Research and Development Council of County Skaraborg||Palle Ferb Foundation||FUTURUM||Academy for Healthcare||Jonkoping County Hospital||Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden||Skaraborg Institute of Research and Development||Else Torgards Parkitouch memorial Foundation||

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