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Impact of massage therapy on health outcomes among orphaned infants in Ecuador: results of a randomized clinical trial.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16980806     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death among infants and young children in the developing world. This project investigated whether therapeutic infant massage could reduce diarrheal episodes and decrease overall illness of infants. Infants living in 2 orphanages in Quito, Ecuador, were matched by age and randomly assigned to an experimental or a control condition. The experimental group received an intervention, daily infant massage therapy by orphanage staff or volunteers, which lasted an average of 53 days, and symptoms of illness data were documented daily by volunteers in the orphanages. Results indicated that control group infants had a 50% greater risk of having diarrhea than experimental infants (rate ratio [RR] = 1.54, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.18, 2.03, P < 0.001). Control group infants were also 11% more likely than experimental infants to experience illness of any kind (RR = 1.11, 95% CI = 0.96, 1.28, P = 0.17). The implications for the use of therapeutic infant massage, a remarkably inexpensive intervention, are discussed, and the need for further research is highlighted.
Vonda K Jump; Jamison D Fargo; James F Akers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Family & community health     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0160-6379     ISO Abbreviation:  Fam Community Health     Publication Date:    2006 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-18     Completed Date:  2006-10-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809641     Medline TA:  Fam Community Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  314-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Early Intervention Research Institute, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diarrhea / prevention & control*
Foster Home Care*
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

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