A Study of the Effect of Massage Therapy on the Quality of Life of Hospice Patients


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 15-007515
    NCT ID: NCT02880202
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 15-007515

About this study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of massage therapy on the quality of life for hospice patients.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria

  • Patient is currently enrolled in Mayo Clinic Hospice
  • Age 18 years or older
  • Clinically determined by hospice staff to be appropriate for massage therapy with ESAS-r scores of 5 or greater on pain, depression, anxiety, or best well-being
  • Patient or caregiver must be able to participate in brief interviews and complete questionnaires (verbally or physically)

Exclusion Criteria

  • Ineligible for massage therapy due to complexity of medical care including complex wound and multiple drains

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Maria Lapid, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Monica Walton



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