Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Camille Payne, Ph.D
Douglus Turner, Ph.D., DNP
Practice Problem: Post-surgical pain (PSP) has not been sufficiently managed despite routine opioid use. The adverse effects of opioids led to the search for non-pharmaceutical intervention.
PICOT: The PICOT question that guided this project was, "In an acute hospital surgical setting, does essential oil therapy complement pain and discomfort relief comparing to conventional pain management alone after 6 weeks?”
Evidence: Seven clinical studies, five systematic or integrative reviews, and four conference proceedings were reviewed. The evidence supported lavender essential oil for the alleviation of PSP and discomfort.
Intervention: Patients breathe through a personal lavender essential oil inhaler hourly or every 2 hours.
Outcome: The percentage means of pre- and post-intervention pain score reduction were 39.51+17.73 and 45.77+19.45. The post-intervention group's mean pain score changed from 51.53 to 27.71 pre- and post-opioids. Opioid usage per patient day in two groups was 26.2 mg and 48.6 mg in morphine equivalent. Pain scores pre- and post-essential oil therapy were 6.13 and 2.7.
Conclusion: This project did not confirm the statistical significance of pain score reduction but a higher reduction in the post-intervention group. The results were clinically meaningful to offer lavender essential oil to alleviate PSP and discomfort.
Huang, N. (2020). Essential Oil Therapy for Alleviation of Discomfort in Surgical Patients. [Doctoral project, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences]. SOAR @ USA: Student Scholarly Projects Collection. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/scholprojects/10
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