A critique of the methodology of research studies evaluating massage

Authors

  • NIKE CAWLEY BSc (Hons), RGN, One. cert.

    Research Practitioner
    1. Macmillan practice Development Unit, Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care Studies, Institute of Cancer Research/Royal marsden Hospital, London SW3 6JJ, UK
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Abstract

This review examines 14 research studies which have been undertaken to evaluate massage. The review offes a crtique of the methodology of these studies, adn issues relating to the research design, samples, measurement tools, analysis and the massage intervention are discussed. The critique highlights several key issues relting to the design of the studies and concludes with some recommendations for future research studies evaluating message.

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