Korean J Adult Nurs.  2014 Jun;26(3):330-340. 10.7475/kjan.2014.26.3.330.

Effects of Auricular Acupressure on Chemotherapy-induced Nausea, Vomiting, and Serum Serotonin Level

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Keimyung College University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea. jsp544@kmu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The aim of this study was to identify the effects of auricular acupressure on nausea, vomiting and serum serotonin level in gynecological cancer patients with chemotherapy.
METHODS
The research was a randomized control group pretest-posttest design. Participants were 26 patients for the experimental group, and 26 patients for the control group. Auricular acupressure in Shen men, Occiput, Stomach and Sympathetic points was administered to those in the experimental group. Data were analyzed using chi2-test, t-test, ANCOVA, and repeated measures of ANOVA.
RESULTS
The experimental group had reported significantly lower mean nausea NRS (Number Rating Scale), INVR (Index of Nausea, Vomiting, and Retching), and serum serotonin level than those in the control group.
CONCLUSION
Results of the study show auricular acupressure is an effective nursing intervention for reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting and serum serotonin level of gynecological cancer patients.


MeSH Terms

Acupressure*
Drug Therapy
Humans
Male
Nausea*
Nursing
Serotonin*
Stomach
Vomiting*
Serotonin
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