Caregiver-Delivered Foot Reflexology: Effects on Patients and Caregivers

Holist Nurs Pract. 2019 Nov/Dec;33(6):338-345. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000351.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of caregiver-delivered foot reflexology on patients with cancer and their caregivers. A 2-group pre- and posttest design was used in this study, and the study was conducted in an oncology hospital between January 2016 and February 2018. The study included 60 patients and 60 caregivers. Caregivers performed interventions once a day for 15 days. Patients in the experimental group received reflexology, and patients in the control group were included in the reading session. Mean pain, anxiety, and fatigue levels significantly decreased for the patients who received foot reflexology from their caregivers for 15 days compared with patients in the control group. The mean care burden score of the caregivers in both groups decreased. Clinicians should teach caregiving practices such as foot reflexology and know that these practices are a positive influence on both patients and caregivers.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Caregivers / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Foot / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / standards*
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / statistics & numerical data
  • Patients / psychology*
  • Patients / statistics & numerical data
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality of Health Care / standards
  • Quality of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires