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Author (up) Bezerra, A.G.; Pires, G.N.; Andersen, M.L.; Tufik, S.; Hachul, H. url  doi
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  Title Acupuncture to Treat Sleep Disorders in Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review Type of Study Journal Article
  Year 2015 Publication Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : ECAM Abbreviated Journal Evid Based Complement Alternat Med  
  Volume 2015 Issue Pages  
  Keywords Systematic Review; Climacteric; Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders; Acupuncture; Insomnia; Women's Health  
  Abstract Sleep disorders are commonly observed among postmenopausal women, with negative effects on their quality of life. The search for complementary therapies for sleep disorders during postmenopausal period is of high importance, and acupuncture stands out as an appropriate possibility. The present review intended to systematically evaluate the available literature, compiling studies that have employed acupuncture as treatment to sleep disorders in postmenopausal women. A bibliographic search was performed in PubMed/Medline and Scopus. Articles which had acupuncture as intervention, sleep related measurements as outcomes, and postmenopausal women as target population were included and evaluated according to the Cochrane risk of bias tool and to the STRICTA guidelines. Out of 89 search results, 12 articles composed our final sample. A high heterogeneity was observed among these articles, which prevented us from performing a meta-analysis. Selected articles did not present high risk of bias and had a satisfactory compliance rate with STRICTA guidelines. In general, these studies presented improvements in sleep-related variables. Despite the overall positive effects, acupuncture still cannot be stated as a reliable treatment for sleep-related complaints, not due to inefficacy, but rather limited evidence. Nevertheless, results are promising and new comprehensive and controlled studies in the field are encouraged.  
  Address Departamento de Psicobiologia, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Rua Napoleao de Barros 925, Vila Clementino, 04024-002 Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil  
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  Language English Number of Treatments  
  Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants  
  Time in Treatment test Condition Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
  Disease Category Climacteric OCSI Score  
  Notes PMID:26366181; PMCID:PMC4561166 Approved no  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 1930  
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