Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine if aromatherapy could reduce preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients. A total of 109 preoperative patients were randomly assigned to experimental (bergamot essential oil) and control (water vapor) conditions and their responses to the State Trait Anxiety Inventory and vital signs were monitored. Patients were stratified by previous surgical experience, but that did not influence the results. All those exposed to bergamot essential oil aromatherapy showed a greater reduction in preoperative anxiety than those in the control groups. Aromatherapy may be a useful part of a holistic approach to reducing preoperative anxiety before ambulatory surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number927419
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Aromatherapy
Anti-Anxiety Agents
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures
Anxiety
Randomized Controlled Trials
Volatile Oils
Vital Signs
Steam
Equipment and Supplies
Control Groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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The anxiolytic effect of aromatherapy on patients awaiting ambulatory surgery : A randomized controlled trial. / Ni, Cheng Hua; Hou, Wen Hsuan; Kao, Ching Chiu; Chang, Ming Li; Yu, Lee Fen; Wu, Chia Che; Chen, Chiehfeng.

In: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Vol. 2013, 927419, 2013.

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