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Excerpts — Massage Therapy

Apply evidence-based practice in massage therapy

Evidence for massage is information on massage practice that researchers and therapists collect in a systematic manner (Sackett et al. 2000). In the past, therapists relied heavily on their clinical intuition and past experience to guide treatment decisions.

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Determine the best massage therapy practices for older adult populations

While consumers identify MT as a favored treatment option (Barnes, Bloom, and Nahin 2008), there is no conclusive evidence supporting any specific MT techniques for the medical conditions common to older adults.

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Examine the effects and safety of massage therapy in cancer care

This section reviews research evidence on the safety, feasibility, and effectiveness of MT across the cancer care spectrum in both children and adults and examines the effectiveness and limitations of MT to reduce both cancer- and treatment-related symptoms, such as pain, depression, anxiety, nausea, and fatigue.

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Teaching research literacy and evidence-based practice

The skills needed for research literacy and EBP have been traditionally taught in medical education as stand-alone courses or workshops.

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Create an effective case report

CRs have the same basic structure as other research articles, but also have some unique features.

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