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Title: Meditation and Massage in End of Life (MIEL)
Status: Completed
Topic: Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Funding Period: 11/01- 12/03
Study Design: Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled 2 x 2 Factorial Designs
Purpose: To determine the effects of meditation, with and without massage, on quality of life among late-stage AIDS patients.
Further Study Details: Depending on the group to which they were assigned, participants received either a 30-minute massage 5 days/week, a tape of guided loving-kindness and forgiveness meditations for daily use, both massage and the meditations, or none of the above. An end-of-life quality of life measure (survey) was taken at 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 weeks, and then every 3 months until the patient expired or the study ended.
Findings: This study showed significant improvement in overall and spiritual quality of life in patients with AIDS near the end-of-life who received the combined meditation and massage intervention.
Eligibility: Adult men and women residing at a long term care facility in New Haven, CT (Leeway, Inc.) with a diagnosis of end-stage AIDS.

Changed at: 1/18/2011 6:49 AM Changed by: Judy Treu
Created at: 8/31/2010 10:49 AM Created by: Griffin Hospital