A sham-controlled trial of acupressure on the quality of sleep and life in haemodialysis patients



A sham-controlled trial of acupressure on the quality of sleep and life in haemodialysis patients


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Background Sleep disorder in haemodialysis patients can lead to disturbance in their psychosocial function and interpersonal relations, and reduced quality of life. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of acupressure on the quality of sleep of haemodialysis patients. Methods In a randomised controlled trial, 108 haemodialysis patients were randomly divided into three groups: true acupressure, placebo acupressure, and no treatment. The two acupressure groups received treatment three times a week for 4 weeks during dialysis. Routine care only was provided for the no treatment group. The main study outcome was sleep quality. Results The total Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index score decreased significantly from 11.9±3.13 to 6.2±1.93 in the true acupressure group, from 11.3±3.69 to 10.6±3.82 in the sham acupressure group, and from 10.9±4.10 to 10.7±3.94 in the no treatment group. There was a significant difference between groups (p<0.001). Conclusions Acupressure seems to have a positive effect on the sleep quality in haemodialysis patients.


Accession Number: 113683039; Source Information: Feb2016, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p2; Subject Term: ACUPRESSURE; Subject Term: ANALYSIS of variance; Subject Term: CHI-squared test; Subject Term: CORRELATION (Statistics); Subject Term: HEALTH surveys; Subject Term: HEMODIALYSIS; Subject Term: QUALITY assurance; Subject Term: QUALITY of life; Subject Term: QUESTIONNAIRES; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Finance; Subject Term: SLEEP; Subject Term: SLEEP disorders; Subject Term: STATISTICS; Subject Term: DATA analysis; Subject Term: RANDOMIZED controlled trials; Subject Term: DATA analysis -- Software; Subject Term: MANN Whitney U Test; Subject Term: KRUSKAL-Wallis Test; Subject Term: ; Number of Pages: 5p; ; Illustrations: 5 Charts; ; Document Type: Article;

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