The Effect of Aromatherapy on Fatigue and Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Study.

Holist Nurs Pract. 2019 Jul/Aug;33(4):222-229. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000334.

Author information: Karadag E1, Samancioglu Baglama S. Faculty of Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University, Inciralti, Izmir, Turkey (Dr Karadag); and Health Science Faculty, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey (Dr Baglama).

The aim of this study was to examine the effect of the application of lavender oil on fatigue and anxiety levels in patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment. This randomized controlled study was conducted with 60 patients (30 patients in intervention group, 30 patients in control group) in a province located in southeastern Turkey. After the patients in both groups were informed about the study, a questionnaire, the Fatigue Severity Scale, and the Beck Anxiety Inventory were applied to the patients. In the intervention group, a statistically significant difference was found between pretest and posttest scores of the Fatigue Severity Scale (t = 7.177, P = .001) and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (t = 10.371, P = .001). 

Mean scores of fatigue and anxiety decreased significantly following aromatherapy and also fatigue and anxiety levels declined. Lavender aromatherapy can be applied as an effective nursing intervention to reduce fatigue and anxiety of patients with chronic renal failure and undergoing hemodialysis treatment.

PMID: 31192834 DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000334