FEATURESThe Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality and Fatigue Level of the Elderly A Randomized Controlled StudyGenç, Fatma PhD, RN; Karadağ, Songül PhD, RN; Kılıç Akça, Nazan PhD, RN; Tan, Mehtap PhD, RN; Cerit, Derya MDAuthor Information Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Giresun University, Turkey (Dr Genç); Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey (Dr Karadağ); Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, İzmir Bakırçay University, İzmir, Turkey (Dr Kılıç Akça); Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey (Dr Tan); and Ordu Ahmet Cemal Mağden Nursing Home, Ordu, Turkey (Dr Cerit). Correspondence: Songül Karadağ, PhD, RN, Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Çukurova University, 01380 Adana, Turkey ([email protected]). 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: May/June 2020 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 155-162 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000385 Buy Metrics Abstract This randomized controlled experimental study was conducted to determine the effect of inhaled aromatherapy on the sleep quality and fatigue level of the institutionalized elderly. The sample of the study consisted of a total of 59 elderly individuals (30 in the intervention group and 29 in the control group) who met the inclusion criteria and agreed to participate in the study. Aromatherapy (lavender oil) inhalation was administered to individuals in the intervention group half hour before their sleep every day for a month in accordance with aromatherapy protocol. No administration was applied to the control group. The data were collected using the Elderly Description Form, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and Fatigue Severity Scale. Forms were completed in the beginning of administration and in the follow-up at the end of 4 weeks (baseline and last follow-up). In the study, it was determined that aromatherapy administration improved sleep quality (P < .001) and decreased fatigue severity in the elderly (P < .05). The study should be replicated in a different group. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.