Aromatherapy for Preoperative Anxiety: A Pilot Study.

J Perianesth Nurs. 2019 Apr;34(2):259-264. doi: 10.1016/j.jopan.2018.05.007. Epub 2018 Sep 8.

Author Information: Jaruzel CB, Gregoski M, Mueller M, Faircloth A, Kelechi T.

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of a lavender aromatherapy skin patch on anxiety and vital sign variability during the preoperative period in female patients scheduled for breast surgery.

FINDINGS: There was a statistically significant decrease (P = .03) in the anxiety visual analog scale measurements from baseline to final scores.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings from this study suggest the use of aromatherapy is beneficial in reducing anxiety experienced by females undergoing breast surgery. Further research is needed to address the experience of preoperative anxiety, aromatherapy use, and the challenges of managing preoperative anxiety.

Copyright © 2018 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID: 30205934 DOI: 10.1016/j.jopan.2018.05.007