Acupuncture and Integrative Care in Gynecological Surgery

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • End date
    Dec 1, 2022
  • participants needed
    135
  • sponsor
    Carmel Medical Center
Updated on 4 March 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers

Summary

Patients undergoing surgical procedures for gynecological cancer are frequently challenged by intense anxiety prior to surgery, reflecting the accompanying uncertainty regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of their illness.The purpose of the proposed study is to explore the impact of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) treatments (including acupuncture) on anxiety, pain, and general QOL of patients referred to gynecological oncology surgery. The investigators working hypothesis is that an intensive CIM treatment program, provided to patients within 24 hours prior to and during surgery will reduce perioperative anxiety and pain, and will reduce the need for intra-operative and post-operative analgesia.

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Patients undergoing surgical procedures for gynecological cancer are frequently challenged by intense anxiety prior to surgery, reflecting the accompanying uncertainty regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of their illness. Following operation, pain and other quality of life-related concerns further exacerbate the emotional distress, which may itself aggravate pain and other symptoms. Clinical, controlled studied among patients with gynecological cancer undergoing chemotherapy had demonstrated effectiveness of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) treatments for improving quality of life (QOL) and related symptoms, such as pain, gastro-intestinal concerns, fatigue, and anxiety.

The purpose of the proposed study is to explore the impact of CIM treatments (including acupuncture) on anxiety, pain, and general QOL of patients referred to gynecological oncology surgery. The investigators' working hypothesis is that an intensive CIM treatment program, provided to patients within 24 hours prior to and during surgery will reduce perioperative anxiety and pain, and will reduce the need for intra-operative and post-operative analgesia.

Details
Condition Quality of Life
Treatment Acupuncture and touch/relaxation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03560388
SponsorCarmel Medical Center
Last Modified on4 March 2022

Eligibility

Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Female patients age 18 years, who were referred to surgery
for suspected/established gynecological-oncology cancer at the Carmel Medical
Center; Patients diagnosed with class1-3 peri-operative risk according to
American Society of Anesthesia

Exclusion Criteria

Unwillingness to sign the research participation form
and/or limitations in comprehending the informed consent; during pregnancy
patients with chronic pain treated with opiates within one month preceding
surgery
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