We have just finished reporting our preliminary data results to the funder, and these were his words
’Wow, you’ve really got the grand slam there haven’t you? ‘
I can't give you all of the results, and I can't put here all of the statistical testing that has been going on behind the scenes - that stuff is for the published papers only. (end of the year probably). But I thought you might like a little inkling about what all the fuss is about, and what exactly impressed the funders so much.
Quantitative data (objective measurement of arms)
All 26 participants had reductions in swelling of the affected arm
Looking at all 26 participants - the average difference between the swollen and normal arms before reflexology was 348.8 ml, at the end of the project, the average difference was 222.5ml; a reduction of 126.3 ml (36.2%).
There was no significant fluctuation during the three weeks before reflexology started in either arm. ·
ALL the statistical tests run on the data comparing the before and after volumes showed that all effects were significant at p<.001.
Quantitative data ( subjective measurement of participants concerns and wellbeing using
We found that the changes on all three of the MYCaW scales were likely to be of clinical significance to
Inferential analyses comparing before and after MYCaW scores for the 26 participants indicated significant differences at p<.01, for all three variables (concern1, concern2 and wellbeing)
The levels of the primary concern or problem rated by participants were significantly lower at follow-up than at baseline (p<.001)
Levels of the secondary concern or problem were also rated as significantly lower at follow-up compared to baseline,(p<.001)
Wellbeing increased significantly from baseline to follow-up, ( p<.01)
And to finish….our attrition rate was 0 during the study.– Nobody dropped out. Everyone who started, finished.
This is only half the story, the qualitative data analysis of transcripts ( the interviews taken at the end of the study) has still to be completed, I'm up to my elbows in that at present. This is likely to take another few weeks. Just as a little taster though, here are some comments:
“….I found the whole thing was just one of the top 10 highlights of my life.”
“…I was really quite sceptical thinking ‘This isn’t going to work, but I’ll do it anyway’ and I was amazed, really totally amazed to see the difference in my hand after the first session was just,… I couldn’t get over it.”
“It’s lighter, I haven’t got the heaviness, I haven’t got the aching in my arm, the swelling has gone down, I can stretch my arm, it just feels all over a lot better.
“I look at myself in the mirror now and I can see there’s an actual shape to my arm whereas before it went straight down. “
“ I want it to continue because I think it’s wonderful…..I think it’s the best thing that’s happened”
Me too. I just love my job.