A Study of The Effect of Caring Hands Massage on Preoperative Anxiety Levels of Surgical Outpatients


About this study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether or not a non-therapeutic hand massage provided by Caring Hands volunteers can lower preoperative anxiety levels among surgical outpatients, and the feasibility of non-therapeutic hand massages being incorporated into the preoperative routine.

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. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Same Day patients at Stations 53 and 63  >18 years old.
  • Able to speak and read English.
  • Able to give verbal consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient is <18 years of age.
  • Patient received sedation prior to arriving at stations 53 and 63.
  • Unable to give consent.
  • Patient has had a therapist-provided relaxation therapy such as massage or guided imagery on same day prior to being admitted to Station 53/63.
  • Subject is in severe immunocompromised state.
  • Subject is pregnant.
  • Known allergy or sensitivity to gloves or massage oil.         


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Brent Bauer, M.D.

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Contact information:

Zhihong Li

(507) 284-8331


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