Is there an association between women's consultations with a massage therapist and health-related quality of life? Analyses of 1800 women aged 56–61 years

Frawley, Jane, Peng, Wenbo, Sibbritt, David, Ward, Lesley, Lauche, Romy, Zhang, Yan and Adams, Jon (2016) Is there an association between women's consultations with a massage therapist and health-related quality of life? Analyses of 1800 women aged 56–61 years. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 20 (4). pp. 734-739. ISSN 1360-8592

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Abstract

Background The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonplace in Australia with massage being a popular CAM modality. Methods This is a sub-study from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). A total of 2120 mid-age (56–61 year old) women who consulted a CAM practitioner were invited to participate in this study. The Short-Form (SF-36) questionnaire was used to measure women's health-related quality of life. Results A total of 1800 women returned the questionnaire generating a response rate of 85.0%. Overall, 912 (50.7%) women visited a massage therapist in the previous 12 months. Women with lower quality of life scores in terms of bodily pain (p = 0.012) and/or emotional health (p = 0.029) were more likely to consult a massage therapist than those with higher scores. Conclusion The implications of these associations are important for informing healthcare providers in providing effective and coordinated care for patients with pain and mood symptoms.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: The research on which this paper is based was conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). ALSWH is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA). We are grateful to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for funding the study reported here via a Strategic Award grant ( 511181 ) and to the women who participated in our study via ALSWH.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complementary medicine, Manual therapies, Massage, Quality of life, SF-36
Subjects: A300 Clinical Medicine
A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2021 10:16
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 14:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45530

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