Importance: In a previous observational study we found that massage therapy reduced anxiety and stress in pediatric burn patients. We aimed to test this effect in a randomized controlled trial. Objective: To determine whether (1) aromatherapy massage can provide relaxation to hospitalized children with burns; (2) massage with aromatherapy oil is more effective than without; and (3) massage sessions are more effective when repeated. Design, setting, and participants: Randomized controlled clinical trial with 3 arms conducted in a burns unit from April 2013 to December 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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van Dijk, M, O'Flaherty, L.-A, Hoedemaker, T. (Tessa), van Rosmalen, J.M, & Rode, H. (2017). Massage has no observable effect on distress in children with burns: A randomized, observer-blinded trial. Burns. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2017.10.002