Testing and modifying a tool to measure nurses’ beliefs about aromatherapy.

Sonia Hines, Anne Chang

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Aromatherapy has been found to have some effectiveness in treating conditions such as postoperative nausea and vomiting, however unless clinicians are aware of and convinced by this evidence, it is unlikely they will choose to use it with their patients. The aim of this study was to test and modify an existing tool, Martin and Furnham’s Beliefs About Aromatherapy Scale in order to make it relevant and meaningful for use with a population of nurses and midwives working in an acute hospital setting. A Delphi process was used to modify the tool and then it was tested in a population of nurses and midwives, then exploratory factor analysis was conducted. The modified tool is reliable and valid for measuring beliefs about aromatherapy in this population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy
Issue number1&2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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