J Korean Acad Nurs.  2005 Oct;35(6):1014-1024.

Effects of Auricular Acupuncture on Insomnia in Korean Elderly

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  • 1College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University. kuikim@khu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was to examine the effects of auricular acupuncture on insomnia in Korean elderly. METHOD: The study design was a triangulation study. Subjects were 40 elderly who were 65 years and over in Seoul, and 10 subjects for a qualitive study who were saturated with interviews and observation. The first auricular acupuncture was applied for three days, and this was applied to subjects on a 5 times series. The quantative data was analyzed by SPSS PC+ and the qualitive data was analyzed by driving of core meaning and abstract concepts using a semi-structural interview and observation. RESULT: 1. The experimental group had higher significant sleep scores than that of the control group (t=32.739, p=.001). 2. The experimental group had higher significant self- satisfaction scores on sleep than that of the control group (t=30.049, p=.001). 3. In the qualitive study, insomnia characteristics before application of auricular acupressure therapy were confirmed by physical dysfunction, recall of past, and psychological dysfunction. Insomnia characteristics after application of auricular acupressure therapy were confirmed by recovery of physical dysfunction, improving recall of past, and recovery of psychological dysfunction. CONCLUSION: Auricular acupuncture was effective on insomnia in Korean elderly.

Keyword

Korean elderly; Insomnia; Auricular acupressure; Triangulation

MeSH Terms

Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders/*therapy
Patient Satisfaction
Male
Humans
Female
Aged, 80 and over
Aged
*Acupuncture, Ear
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