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Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study: Effects of Lavender Aromatherapy on Preoperative Anxiety in Breast Patients

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01837966
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 23, 2013
Results First Posted : May 12, 2015
Last Update Posted : March 3, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
NYU Langone Health

Brief Summary:
The study is designed to see if lavender aroma therapy reduces pre-operative anxiety in breast surgery patients.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anxiety; Generalized Breast Diseases Surgery Other: Lavender oil Other: Placebo Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Many patients undergoing surgery experience anxiety in the preoperative setting. Pharmacologic anxiolytics require monitoring and cause excess sedation which often interferes with the ability to assess and obtain consent from a patient in the preoperative holding area. Lavender aromatherapy is an alternative treatment for anxiety which is safe, inexpensive, easy to administer, and not overly sedating. In addition to its benefits in the preoperative setting, anxiolysis and reduction in sympathetic drive can lead to reduction in the intraoperative anesthetic and postoperative analgesic requirements. This in turn can lead to faster recovery and expedited discharge from the post anesthesia care unit.

In the proposed study, we would evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy with lavender oil in reducing anxiety prior to breast surgery. The study group would receive lavender oil preoperatively and the placebo group would receive unscented oil preoperatively. Before and after treatment, anxiety level would be measured using the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Additionally, vital signs and Bispectral index (BIS) will be measured before and after treatment, as further indicators of anxiety level. We hypothesize that lavender aromatherapy will decrease anxiety and subsequently will reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and BIS.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 93 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Prospective Placebo-Controlled Study of the Effects of Lavender Aromatherapy on Preoperative Anxiety in Breast Surgery Patients
Study Start Date : January 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2014

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Lavender oil
Lavender oil aromatherapy
Other: Lavender oil
2 drops for aromatherapy

Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo -- unscented oil aromatherapy
Other: Placebo
2 drops unscented mineral oil for aromatherapy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Anxiety Reduction [ Time Frame: 20 minutes before surgery (pre aromatherapy) and 10 minutes before surgery (post aromatherapy) ]
    We hoped to show that lavender aroma therapy reduces preoperative anxiety in patients undergoing breast. The Trait subscale (STAI-TRAID) of the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory was administered before and after 10 minutes of aromatherapy treatment pre-surgery. The TRAIT subscale contains 20 questions scored on a Likert scale from 1-4; item scores are summed for a total score ranging from 20 to 80, with higher scores indicating higher anxiety. Change in anxiety was calculated as the score pre-aromatherapy minus the score post-aromatherapy. Higher positive change scores indicate greater reductions in anxiety.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria: Female; Age 18+; American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) I-III; undergoing elective breast surgery

Exclusion Criteria: Male; History of asthma/bronchitis/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)/contact dermatitis to cosmetic fragrances/pregnancy; significant laboratory abnormalities.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01837966

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United States, New York
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, New York, United States, 10016
Sponsors and Collaborators
NYU Langone Health
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Study Director: Michael Wajda, MD NYU School of Medicine

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Responsible Party: NYU Langone Health Identifier: NCT01837966    
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-03152
First Posted: April 23, 2013    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: May 12, 2015
Last Update Posted: March 3, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by NYU Langone Health:
re-operative anxiety
breast surgery
lavender oil
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Breast Diseases
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders
Skin Diseases