A Systematic Review: In Infants Admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, How Does Massage Therapy Affect the stress behavior?

Nenden Nur Asriyani Maryam


Introduction: Infants are experience various stressors while treated in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), massage therapy is a non – pharmacologic approach that could reduce the stress behaviour of infants.The aim of this study was to conduct an evidence-based systematic review and provide an estimate of the effect of massage therapy on stress behaviour of infants in NICU. The search for study is confined only to MEDLINE, EBCOHost and Pubmed. Studies published in English from 2006-2016 inclusively considered as criteria in this review. Method: The quantitative component of the review was considered as experimental study. Data extracted and summarized by reviewer using CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Programme).Three randomizes control trial studies were included in this review. Result: The  result of this review showed that infants with massage therapy have lessenstress behaviour than infants without massage therapy. Conclusion: Thus, policy makers are able to utilize this data related massage therapy to alleviate the stress behaviour of infants.


Keywords: massage therapy, infants, stress behaviour

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