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Cordula Dietrich

Cordula Dietrich

Zuflucht e.V, Germany

Title: Treating palliative care patients in pain with the body tambura : A prospective case study at St. joseph´s hospice for dying destitute in Dindigul/ South India


Biography: Cordula Dietrich


A prospective case study was carried out with patients of St.Joseph`s hospice for Dying destitute in Dindigul/Southindia. Patients were treated with a treatment at baseline and on the next day. Outcomes were measured quantitatively by using a numeric rating scale (0-10, 10 maximum intensity of pain felt) at baseline, directly after treatment and at the day after the treatment to determine the description of the intensity of the pain.


Ten patients (5 women and 5 men) participated in the study.The majority described the therapy as a pleasant experience.  The pain intensity at baseline was reduced from 8.3 ± SD 1.16 to 4.6 ± 1.52 at day one and from 4.6 ± 2.07 to 2.4 ± 1.58 at day two.


A clinical relevant pain reduction was described as a short time outcome, the therapy was received and perceived well. Forthcoming research should include a control group, randomization,  a higher number of participants and a longer period of treatment.