J Korean Acad Adult Nurs.  2008 Dec;20(6):839-851.

The Effect of Aroma-therapy Combined with Heat Application on the Pain, Range of Motion of Lower limb Joint, and Discomfort of Activities of Daily Living among Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • 1Department of Nursing Science, Kyungdong College of Techno-Information, Korea. parkje@kdtc.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Nursing, Keimyung University, Korea.
  • 3Pohang St. Mary's Hospital, Korea.


PURPOSE: This study was conducted to examine the effects of aroma-therapy combined with heat application on pain, ROM of lower limb joints, and discomfort from activities of daily living(ADL) among the patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Aroma blended oil was rubbed over the knees and ankles of 19 experimental group A and 20 B, and then heat therapy was given using an electric hot & wet poultice pad to only group A. There was no treatment on the 19 control group. There was measured for pain, ROM of lower limb joints and discomfort of ADL. The data was analyzed using SPSS/WIN 11.0 program.
In comparing the effects of pain reduction by time, the ROM of lower limb joints, and discomfort of ADL, there were significant differences among three groups. There was no significant difference between experimental group in pain scale by time, range of ROM of knee and ankle joint and discomfort of ADL.
On the basis of results, aroma-therapy can be applied as a nursing intervention to reduce pain for not only rheumatoid arthritis patients but also for other patients with other diseases.


Aromatherapy; Pain; ROM; Discomfort activities on daily living; Rheumatoid arthritis
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