Aromatherapy in Nursing and Midwifery Practice: A Scoping Review of Published Studies Since 2005
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Background: Since the 1990's aromatherapy has been a popular adjunct to nursing and midwifery care in a variety of health care settings. Objective: The scoping review seeks to identify and confirm the benefits of incorporating aromatherapy into holistic nursing and midwifery practice Design: A scoping review using PRISMA-ScR of experimental studies where care is provided to the patient by a registered nurse or midwife. Settings and participants: Any health care setting where nurses or midwives provide care. Review Methods: A multi- engine search using a range of MeSH and non-MeSH terms with the Boolean search [AND]. Inclusion criteria were; publication date from 2005–2021, study involved aromatherapy as an intervention, conducted in a clinical nursing or midwifery environment and the published article is available in full in English. Excluded were; single patient cases, animal studies, in vitro studies, use of essential oils internally or a whole plant extract was used or use was non-nursing/midwifery related. Results: 124 studies met the inclusion criteria (n = 19188), classified into seven themes. Conclusion: The evidence supports the use of aromatherapy within a range of nursing and midwifery practices enhancing a holistic model of care. Impact: This scoping review contributes evidence to support the inclusion of aromatherapy into holistic nursing and midwifery practice.
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ANZSRC fields of research
Fields of Research::42 - Health sciences::4208 - Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine::420899 - Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research::42 - Health sciences::4205 - Nursing::420599 - Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research::42 - Health sciences::4204 - Midwifery::420401 - Clinical midwifery