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The efficacy of lavender aromatherapy in reducing preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients undergoing procedures in general otolaryngology

Overview of attention for article published in Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology, November 2017
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Title
The efficacy of lavender aromatherapy in reducing preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients undergoing procedures in general otolaryngology
Published in
Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology, November 2017
DOI 10.1002/lio2.121
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Authors

Wotman, Michael, Levinger, Joshua, Leung, Lillian, Kallush, Aron, Mauer, Elizabeth, Kacker, Ashutosh, Michael Wotman, Joshua Levinger, Lillian Leung, Aron Kallush, Elizabeth Mauer, Ashutosh Kacker

Abstract

Preoperative anxiety is a common problem in hospitals and other health care centers. This emotional state has been shown to negatively impact patient satisfaction and outcomes. Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from aromatic plants, may offer a simple, low-risk and cost-effective method of managing preoperative anxiety. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of lavender aromatherapy in reducing preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients undergoing procedures in general otolaryngology. A prospective and controlled pilot study was conducted with 100 patients who were admitted to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for ambulatory surgery from January of 2015 to August of 2015. The subjects were allocated to two groups; the experimental group received inhalation lavender aromatherapy in the preoperative waiting area while the control group received standard nursing care. Both groups reported their anxiety with a visual analog scale (VAS) upon arriving to the preoperative waiting area and upon departure to the operating room. According to a Welch's two sample t-test, the mean reduction in anxiety was statistically greater in the experimental group than the control group (p = 0.001). Lavender aromatherapy reduced preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients. This effect was modest and possibly statistically significant. Future research is needed to confirm the clinical efficacy of lavender aromatherapy. 2b.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 5 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 2 40%
Unspecified 1 20%
Student > Postgraduate 1 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 2 40%
Unspecified 1 20%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 102. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 February 2018.
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Outputs from Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
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Outputs of similar age from Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
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