Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2007 Jun;10(1):21-28.

Effects of Auricular Acupressure Therapy on Insomnia in Hemodialysis Patients

Affiliations
  • 1Artificial Kidney Unit, Bundang CHA General Hospital, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA University, Korea. kimsy@cha.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was to examine the effects of auricular acupressure therapy on insomnia of hemodialysis patients. METHOD: The subjects were recruited at a hemodialysis room in B General hospital in Kyonggi-Do. Thirty one patients who have suffered from insomnia were conveniently assigned to an experimental group(n=16) and a control group(n=15). The experimental group received a 2-week intervention composed of a series of six auricular acupressure therapy every 2~3 days. The effect of intervention was measured by completion of a 15-item sleep scale and a sleep satisfaction scale.
RESULTS
The sleep score was higher in the experimental group than in the control group(p=.000). The sleep satisfaction score was higher in the experimental group than in the control group(p=.000).
CONCLUSION
The auricular acupressure therapy can improve the sleep and sleep satisfaction scores in hemodialysis patients with insomnia. Auricular acupressure therapy can be used at the clinical settings as a safe and effective independent nursing intervention to decrease insomnia in hemodialysis patients.

Keyword

Hemodialysis; Auricular acupressure; Insomnia

MeSH Terms

Acupressure*
Gyeonggi-do
Hospitals, General
Humans
Nursing
Renal Dialysis*
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders*
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