FEATURESEffects of Aromatherapy on Pain and Anxiety Scores in Adult Patients Admitted to a Community Hospital on the Medical Unit or Telemetry Unit A Pilot StudyLindgren, Vicki MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS; McNicholl, Laura MS, RN-BC, CNS-BC; Friesen, Mary Ann PhD, RN, CPHQ; Barnett, Scott PhD; Collins, Frances MSN, RN, CCRN-KAuthor Information Nursing Administration, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Virginia (Mss Lindgren, McNicholl, and Collins); Inova Nursing Research Center, Inova Health System, Falls Church, Virginia (Dr Friesen); and Cardiovascular Research, Inova Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiac Research, Falls Church, Virginia (Dr Barnett). Correspondence: Vicki Lindgren, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, Nursing Administration, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, 3600 Joseph Siewick Dr, Fairfax, VA 22033 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The authors thank nursing administration for funding the aromatherapy product. They also thank the nursing staff on the medical unit and the telemetry unit for the data collection.This study was conducted at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Holistic Nursing Practice: November/December 2019 - Volume 33 - Issue 6 - p 346-353 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000352 Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of aromatherapy intervention on pain and anxiety. The hypothesis was that the use of aromatherapy will improve pain and anxiety scores when assessed within 30 to 60 minutes of administration. The study design was a prospective comparison of aromatherapy using a pre-/postdesign study. A convenience sample of patients was recruited from both a medical unit and a telemetry unit with patients aged 18+ years from a 182-bed acute care Magnet community hospital. Pain and anxiety levels were assessed prior to administration of a medication, within 60 minutes of receiving pain medication, and within 60 minutes of receiving aromatherapy. Ninety-six percent of the participants would use aromatherapy if offered again, would use it in the future, and would recommend its use to family and friends. Both pain and anxiety improved after the aromatherapy with a P value of <.0001. This pilot study demonstrated that aromatherapy is safe and effective at reducing pain and anxiety and should be considered as a valuable adjunct to symptom management. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.