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Article: Efficacy of aromatherapy (Lavandula angustifolia) as an intervention for agitated behaviours in Chinese older persons with dementia: A cross-over randomized trial

TitleEfficacy of aromatherapy (Lavandula angustifolia) as an intervention for agitated behaviours in Chinese older persons with dementia: A cross-over randomized trial
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Issue Date2007
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294
Citation
International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2007, v. 22 n. 5, p. 405-410 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Agitated behaviours among persons with dementia are distressing to both patients and their caregivers. As pharmacological interventions may be limited by their potentially adverse effects, the use of complementary therapies for treatment of agitation has become more popular and aromatherapy is the fastest growing one. Objectives: This study investigates the effectiveness of lavandula angustifolia (lavender) in treating agitated behaviours of demented people in Hong Kong. Methods: It was a cross-over randomized trial. Seventy Chinese older adults with dementia were recruited; half were randomly assigned to the active group (lavender inhalation) for three weeks and then switched to control group (sunflower inhalation) for another three weeks; the other half did the opposite. Clinical response was evaluated using the Chinese versions of Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CCMAI) and Neuropsychiatric Inventory (CNPI). Results: The mean CCMAI total scores decreased from 24.68 to 17.77(t = 10.79, df = 69, p < 0.001). The CNPI scores changed from 63.17 (SD = 17.81) to 58.77 (SD = 16.74) (t = 14.59, df = 69, p < 0.001) after receiving Treatment A (Lavandula Angustifolia). There were no period and sequential effects noted. Conclusion: In summary, lavender is effective as an adjunctive therapy in alleviating agitated behaviours in Chinese patients with dementia. In a patient population particularly vulnerable to side effects of psychotropic medications, aromatherapy using lavender may offer an alternative option. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/174236
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.699
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.382
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dc.contributor.authorLin, PWKen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, WCen_US
dc.contributor.authorNg, BFLen_US
dc.contributor.authorLam, LCWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-22T02:01:26Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-22T02:01:26Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2007, v. 22 n. 5, p. 405-410en_US
dc.identifier.issn0885-6230en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/174236-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Agitated behaviours among persons with dementia are distressing to both patients and their caregivers. As pharmacological interventions may be limited by their potentially adverse effects, the use of complementary therapies for treatment of agitation has become more popular and aromatherapy is the fastest growing one. Objectives: This study investigates the effectiveness of lavandula angustifolia (lavender) in treating agitated behaviours of demented people in Hong Kong. Methods: It was a cross-over randomized trial. Seventy Chinese older adults with dementia were recruited; half were randomly assigned to the active group (lavender inhalation) for three weeks and then switched to control group (sunflower inhalation) for another three weeks; the other half did the opposite. Clinical response was evaluated using the Chinese versions of Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CCMAI) and Neuropsychiatric Inventory (CNPI). Results: The mean CCMAI total scores decreased from 24.68 to 17.77(t = 10.79, df = 69, p < 0.001). The CNPI scores changed from 63.17 (SD = 17.81) to 58.77 (SD = 16.74) (t = 14.59, df = 69, p < 0.001) after receiving Treatment A (Lavandula Angustifolia). There were no period and sequential effects noted. Conclusion: In summary, lavender is effective as an adjunctive therapy in alleviating agitated behaviours in Chinese patients with dementia. In a patient population particularly vulnerable to side effects of psychotropic medications, aromatherapy using lavender may offer an alternative option. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294en_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatryen_US
dc.subject.meshAgeden_US
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 And Overen_US
dc.subject.meshAlzheimer Disease - Ethnology - Psychology - Therapyen_US
dc.subject.meshAromatherapyen_US
dc.subject.meshAsian Continental Ancestry Group - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshComplementary Therapiesen_US
dc.subject.meshCross-Over Studiesen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHomes For The Ageden_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshLavandulaen_US
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dc.subject.meshNursing Homesen_US
dc.subject.meshPsychomotor Agitation - Ethnology - Psychology - Therapyen_US
dc.subject.meshTreatment Outcomeen_US
dc.titleEfficacy of aromatherapy (Lavandula angustifolia) as an intervention for agitated behaviours in Chinese older persons with dementia: A cross-over randomized trialen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1002/gps.1688en_US
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dc.identifier.volume22en_US
dc.identifier.issue5en_US
dc.identifier.spage405en_US
dc.identifier.epage410en_US
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