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Titles & IDs
Public title
Effect of Massage Therapy on Aggression in a Psychiatric Inpatient Unit
Scientific title
The Evaluation of Relaxation Massage Therapy as an Intervention Treatment for Reducing the Level of Arousal and Aggression on a Young Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Psychiatric &or Mood Disorder 0 0
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Mental Health 0 0 0 0
Other mental health disorders

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Treatment: Surgery - Massage therapy

No Intervention: Treatment as usual - Observational component

Active Comparator: Intervention - Massage therapy adjunct comparator

Treatment: Surgery: Massage therapy
A qualified massage therapist will administer a 20-minute standard massage procedure with the client sitting fully clothed in a special massage chair. The massage therapy session will consist of ; 1) long, broad stroking with light-moderate pressure to the back, compression to the back (parallel to spine) from the shoulders to base of spine, trapezius squeeze, finger pressure on the shoulder; 2) arms dropped to the side with arms kneaded from shoulder to lower arm and pressing down on upper and lower arms; 3) entire hands massaged and pulling of fingers, light kneading to area of cervical vertebrae, pressing down on trapezius with finger pressure and squeezing continuing down the arms.

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Treatment: Surgery
Comparator / control treatment
Control group

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6 weeks
Primary outcome [2] 0 0
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6 weeks
Primary outcome [3] 0 0
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6 weeks
Primary outcome [4] 0 0
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6 weeks
Primary outcome [5] 0 0
Cortisol levels
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6 weeks
Secondary outcome [1] 0 0
Psychosocial climate
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6 weeks
Secondary outcome [2] 0 0
PRN medication
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6 weeks
Secondary outcome [3] 0 0
Incidence of seclusion or restraint
Timepoint [3] 0 0
6 weeks
Secondary outcome [4] 0 0
Duration of hospitalisation
Timepoint [4] 0 0
6 weeks

Key inclusion criteria
- Admission to the ORYGEN Inpatient Unit
Minimum age
15 Years
Maximum age
25 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
- Highly agitated and aggressive patients remaining in a severely aggressive state for
more than 24 hours after admission

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Non-randomised trial
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Masking / blinding
Open (masking not used)
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Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
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Data analysis
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Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
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ORYGEN Youth Health - Melbourne
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3052 - Melbourne

Funding & Sponsors
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Melbourne Health
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National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
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Ethics approval
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Brief summary
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether relaxation massage therapy is effective
in reducing the levels of arousal and aggression on a young adult inpatient unit. It is
hypothesised that relaxation massage therapy will lead to a lower incidence of violence and
aggression on the ward via a reduction in the level of arousal and anxiety among inpatients.
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Principal investigator
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Belinda Garner, PhD
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ORYGEN Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
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