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Lavender Aromatherapy for Anxiety (RELAX Trial)

Led By Megan Tarr, MD
Research Sponsored by Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be older than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up post procedure up to 2 hours
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This trial aims to see if creating a relaxing environment using lavender aromatherapy, calming music, dim lighting, and modest positioning during bladder injections can reduce anxiety and pain in women with urge urinary incontin

Who is the study for?
This trial is for women with Urge urinary incontinence (UUI) who experience anxiety and pain during bladder chemodenervation procedures. Participants must be scheduled for the procedure at Atrium Health's clinic and willing to try a relaxing environment package or placebo before treatment.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study tests if a 'Relaxing Environment Package'—lavender aromatherapy, calming music, dim lighting—lowers anxiety and pain compared to a standard office setting during bladder chemodenervation. It's a randomized control trial where participants are assigned by chance to either the relaxing setup or placebo group.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this trial focuses on environmental factors rather than medication, there are no direct side effects from drugs being tested. However, individuals may have varying responses to sensory elements like lavender scent or music.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~baseline to immediately prior to procedure
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and baseline to immediately prior to procedure for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Mean change in Visual Analog Scale (VAS) Anxiety Scores
Secondary outcome measures
Patient satisfaction with their procedure experience Scores
Procedure Staff Burnout Scores - Burnout Battery visual analog scale for healthcare worker burnout
Visual Analog Scale (VAS) Pain during the chemodenervation procedure

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Lavender aromatherapy stickerExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Lavender aromatherapy sticker on patient Calming music from Sirius station 68 (Spa) playing via overhead speakers Overhead lights off, two lanterns lit to provide dim lighting Avoid stirrup use
Group II: Control - no InterventionActive Control1 Intervention
Non-aromatic (placebo) sticker on patient No music playing Overhead lights on Stirrups used

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Wake Forest University Health SciencesLead Sponsor
1,253 Previous Clinical Trials
1,010,848 Total Patients Enrolled
21 Trials studying Anxiety
9,048 Patients Enrolled for Anxiety
Megan Tarr, MDPrincipal InvestigatorWake Forest University Health Sciences
~56 spots leftby Dec 2025