The effect of post colonoscopy abdominal massage on abdominal pain, distension, discomfort and patient satisfaction: a randomized controlled study protocol


  • Dilek Ozturk Marmara University Health Sciences Institute, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Aysel Gurkan Department of Nursing, Marmara University Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey



Colonoscopy, Abdominal massage, Abdominal pain, Abdominal distension, Abdominal discomfort, Patient satisfaction


Background: Abdominal pain, distension, and discomfort are the most frequently seen side effects after colonoscopy. These side effects can cause physical and mental results and increased workloads and care costs. Additionally, the satisfaction of the patients with the colonoscopy process may affect their willingness to undergo repeated colonoscopies in the future which may be required for the surveillance of colon malignity. Currently, there are no studies evaluating the effects of abdominal massage on post colonoscopy these abdominal symptoms. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of post colonoscopy abdominal massage on abdominal pain, distension, discomfort, and patient satisfaction.

Methods: This study was designed as a prospective randomized controlled study. Participants meeting inclusion criteria will be assigned to intervention and control groups using a random number generator. Participants assigned to the intervention group will receive abdominal massages twice a day after colonoscopy, and participants assigned to the control group will receive only ‘routine care’. The abdominal pain, distension, discomfort, and satisfaction levels of the patients will be evaluated using the Visual analogue scale.

Conclusions: New approaches are needed to improve the physiological and psychological health levels of patients after colonoscopy and help them return to their daily life activities and social lives faster. The trial will provide valuable evidence to inform clinical application and help evaluate the effects of the use of the relevant intervention.

Trial registration: Clinical trials registration number NCT04979351.

Author Biographies

Dilek Ozturk, Marmara University Health Sciences Institute, Istanbul, Turkey

yüksek lisans

Aysel Gurkan, Department of Nursing, Marmara University Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey



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