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Author Abraham, J. url  openurl
  Title Acupressure and acupuncture in preventing and managing postoperative nausea and vomiting in adults Type of Study Systematic Review
  Year 2008 Publication Journal of Perioperative Practice Abbreviated Journal (up) J Perioper Pract  
  Volume 18 Issue 12 Pages 543-551  
  Keywords Acupressure; Acupuncture; Emesis; Nausea; Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting; Systematic Review; Vomiting; AcuTrials  
  Abstract This literature review sets out to investigate the effectiveness of acupressure and acupuncture in preventing and managing postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in adult patients. PONV is problematic, affecting patient satisfaction, delayed discharge and even patient re-admission. Current treatment of PONV constitutes a variety of drug therapies, which are only partially effective. With the integration of complementary and alternative medicines in healthcare, this review examined 10 research studies investigating the use of acupressure and acupuncture in treating PONV. Three studies found acupressure to be effective in preventing PONV. However, population samples were small and the research designs had numerous anomalies. Overall the article suggests that acupuncture and acupressure are ineffective in preventing and managing PONV in adult patients. Further investigation of the effectiveness of acupressure and acupuncture, combined with current drug therapies, using well designed and adequately powered studies is needed. Published studies predominantly examined the use of P6 as the pressure point. Further studies should examine other 'acupoint' sites, to ascertain whether these are effective dependent upon the operative site  
  Address Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Coventry University, Coventry,  
  Language Number of Treatments  
  Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants  
  Time in Treatment Condition Post Operative Nausea and Vomiting
  Disease Category Vomiting OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved yes  
  Call Number Serial 1  
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