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Table 3 Diurnal salivary cortisol concentration during intervention and follow up period

From: Short- and long-term effects of tactile massage on salivary cortisol concentrations in Parkinson’s disease: a randomised controlled pilot study

WEEK Tactile massage     Rest to music     p-values1
  8 am 1 pm 8 pm 8 am 8 am 1 pm 8 pm 8 am  
0 14.3(5.8-28.9) 4.9(2.4-23.3) 2.8(1.6-7.1) 14.0(6.9-35.0) 18.5(3.9-28.5) 6.2(3.7-10.0) 2.8(1.1-8.5) 17.0(7.6-28.6) ns
3 13.4(6.2-26.7) 6.3(3.1-10.1) 2.6(1.2-6.1) 14.1(6.7-29.5) 15.9(8.8-18.8) 3.9(3.0-10.5) 1.9(1.4-7.8) 12.4(8.1-34.0) ns
8 12.1(6.6-37.3) 4.9(2.9-14.3) 2.5(1.5-4.8) 14.0(7.6-34.9) 11.6(6.9-28.0) 5.1(2.7-10.3) 2.6(1.1-7.6) 12.6(5.6-28.2) ns
21 12.2(5.6-25.4) 6.2(3.5-18.4) 3.1(1.2-7.9) 13.2(6.5-26.9) 12.5(6.4-19.5) 6.0(3.5-8.0) 2.6(1.4-9.8) 14.3(6.2-42.0) ns
34 13.2(6.3-35.9) 7.3(3.5-16.8) 2.6(1.4-11.3) 15.1(5.7-32.0) 14.5(6.4-30.0) 6.4(3.2-11.0) 3.5(1.3-9.4) 13.4(7.0-40.9) ns
p-values 2 ns ns ns ns ns ns ns ns  
  1. Results are given as median and 10th- 90th percentiles. The statistical methods used were Kruskal-Wallis1 comparing the two groups and Friedman’s ANOVA2 comparing the longitudinal process. ns = non-significant difference.