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Author Bezerra, A.G.; Pires, G.N.; Andersen, M.L.; Tufik, S.; Hachul, H.
Title Acupuncture to Treat Sleep Disorders in Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review Type of Study Journal Article
Year 2015 Publication Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (eCAM) Abbreviated Journal Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (eCAM)
Volume 2015 Issue Pages 1-16
Keywords SLEEP disorders -- Treatment; SLEEP -- Evaluation; Acupuncture; ACUPUNCTURE points; COMPARATIVE studies; LONGITUDINAL method; CASE study (Research); Medline; ONLINE information services; RESEARCH -- Finance; SLEEP apnea syndromes; SYSTEMATIC reviews (Medical research); Polysomnography; RANDOMIZED controlled trials; TREATMENT effectiveness; RESEARCH bias; Postmenopause
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.
Publisher Hindawi Limited
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Notes Accession Number: 109322047; Source Information: 8/23/2015, Vol. 2015, p1; Subject Term: SLEEP disorders -- Treatment; Subject Term: SLEEP -- Evaluation; Subject Term: ACUPUNCTURE; Subject Term: ACUPUNCTURE points; Subject Term: COMPARATIVE studies; Subject Term: LONGITUDINAL method; Subject Term: CASE study (Research); Subject Term: MEDLINE; Subject Term: ONLINE information services; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Finance; Subject Term: SLEEP apnea syndromes; Subject Term: SYSTEMATIC reviews (Medical research); Subject Term: POLYSOMNOGRAPHY; Subject Term: RANDOMIZED controlled trials; Subject Term: TREATMENT effectiveness; Subject Term: RESEARCH bias; Subject Term: POSTMENOPAUSE; Subject Term: ; Number of Pages: 16p; ; Illustrations: 1 Diagram, 3 Charts, 1 Graph; ; Document Type: Article; Approved no
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