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Implementation of a nurse-led forest therapy module into an interdisciplinary multimodal pain management program: feasibility of concept and recommendations for practice

Andrea Tobler & Jochen Oeltjenbruns

Kurzfassung Background and aims:
There is well known evidence of human health and well-being benefits of spending time in forests (1), particularly in stress-related and mental health (2). Even therapeutic effects of forest exposure is measured in CBT-programs for depression (3). There are only few studies exploring the effects of forest therapy in patients with chronic pain (4, 5), but the therapeutic potential for this population has been recognized (6). We developed and implemented successful a nurse-led forest therapy module into an interdisciplinary multimodal pain management program for chronic pain patients in an acute hospital setting.

Methods:
Following steps of development and implementation have been performed:
1. Development of criteria for selection of appropriate forest settings for patients with chronic pain and their special needs.
2. Conception of the module content based on nursing interventions.
3. Implementation and report of first experiences in practice.

Results:
To implement forest therapy in chronic pain treatment facilities different aspects have to be considered, particularly criteria to ensure patient safety.
Nursing interventions like “basal stimulation” are appropriate methods in this therapeutic context.
Most patients evaluate the forest module as beneficial as well as the pain nurses consider their interventions in the forest setting as enrichment of the multimodal pain management program.

Conclusions:
Implementing a nurse-led forest therapy module into an interdisciplinary multimodal pain management program can be highly recommended when considering different precautions and criteria. Further research is needed to estimate the clinical evidence of this forest module.

Literature:
1) Oh et al. Environmental Health an Preventive medicine 2017,22:71
2) Grilli et al. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020,17:6125
3) Lee et al. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017,14:321
4) Kang et al. Ann Rehabil Med 2015,39 :957
5) Han et al. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2016,13:255
6) Stanhope et al. Environ Res 2020,187:109641
   
Schlagwörter (Tags) interdisciplinary multimodal pain management program, forest therapy, nurse-led
   
Zitation Tobler A ; Oeltjenbruns J: Implementation of a nurse-led forest therapy module into an interdisciplinary multimodal pain management program: feasibility of concept and recommendations for practice. In: Congress-Abstract Book (www.efic.org) : EFIC (www.efic.org), 2022.- Congress of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) 2022.- Dublin (Irland), S. Abtract No. 779; page 92-93
   
Typ Konferenzpapier/Poster (Englisch)
Name der Konferenz Congress of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) 2022 (Dublin (Irland))
Datum der Konferenz 27-5-2022
Titel der Proceedings Congress-Abstract Book (www.efic.org)
Seiten Abtract No. 779; page 92-93
Verlag EFIC (www.efic.org)
Kontakt Jochen Oeltjenbruns