Does Acupressure Help Reduce Nausea and Vomiting in Palliative Care Patients?
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Have a diagnosis of advanced cancer with an estimated prognosis of less than 1 year but more than 3 days.
Describe their nausea as at least moderate on a Likert scale OR at have had at least one vomit per day for the last three days.
Have an underlying cause for their nausea which is thought to be irreversible OR the patient has made an autonomous choice not to proceed with treatment for any potentially reversible cause (for example surgery for obstruction or drainage of ascites).
Can be male or female patients but must be over the age of 18.
Have signed a consent form prior to entering the study.
If patients are taking corticosteroids the dosage should be stable for 3 days before and during the trial.
Be thought to be well enough to complete the 3 day trial.
Weakness, fatigue or confusion sufficient that patient is unable to take part.
Previous history of acupuncture/acupressure for nausea or vomiting.
History of Parkinsonism or Parkinsonism on examination.
Patients will not be enrolled if they are sharing a room with another patient taking part in the study.