A1 – Baseline measurement phase
B – Intervention phase
A2 – Follow-up phase
Each case acts as its own control, comparing volume of the contra-lateral normal arm with the volume of the swollen arm before and after the intervention.
The initial exploratory study, involved only 6 participants which is a limitation. Although the results indicated a statistically significant reduction in swelling for each case, these results are not seen as conclusive because of limitations. The results do however justify further research into the technique. The proposal for the next study will recruit 30 participants, from three different cancer care organisations. I will treat 20 cases and train two other refelxologists who will each treat 5 participants.
providing the results are similar to the first project, the future goal is to conduct a large scale Randomised Control Trial (RCT), which are the gold standard for clinical research.
Exciting times for reflexology :-)