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Caring Hand Massage - an Intervention in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy in an Outpatient Setting - a Pilot Study

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Susanne M. Cutshall, Mayo Clinic Identifier:
First received: April 14, 2016
Last updated: March 6, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
Since there is a limited amount of evidence on the feasibility and outcomes on the use of hand massage in patients undergoing cancer treatment, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and outcomes of hand massage therapy in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and to measure its influence on their symptoms.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Caring Hand Massage

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Caring Hand Massage - an Intervention in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy in an Outpatient Setting - a Pilot Study

Further study details as provided by Mayo Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison of symptom scores [ Time Frame: baseline to 45 minutes. ]
    We will record the number of patients approached hand massage to those that accept and were able to get a full hand massage during their time in the chemotherapy area

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: May 2016
Study Completion Date: February 2017
Primary Completion Date: February 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Cancer patients receiving hand massage
Caring Hand massage will be provided to the outpatients undergoing chemotherapy
Behavioral: Caring Hand Massage
Caring Hand Massage is a hand massage therapy program with several steps and techniques.
Other Name: Hand Massage Therapy Program


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients age 18 - 80
  2. Patient receiving treatment on Mayo Clinic's Chemotherapy Outpatient Clinic
  3. Able to speak English and complete surveys
  4. Able to read, understand and sign inform consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patient has rash, sores, wounds, incision or other skin conditions on hands
  2. Unable to give consent or complete the surveys
  3. Already having received previous hand massage
  4. Pregnant women. (As verbalized by participant)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02742415

United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic in Rochester
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigator: Susanne M Cutshall Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: Susanne M. Cutshall, PI, Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT02742415     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 16-001790
Study First Received: April 14, 2016
Last Updated: March 6, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: Yes processed this record on May 25, 2017