Effect of acupressure on pain in Iranian leukemia patients: Arandomize d controlled trial study

Nia, Hamid Sharif and Sharif, Saeed Pahlevan and Yaghoobzadeh, Ameneh and Yeoh, Ken Kyid and Goudarzian, Amir Hossein and Soleimani, Mohammad Ali and Jamali, Saman (2017) Effect of acupressure on pain in Iranian leukemia patients: Arandomize d controlled trial study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE.

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Nonpharmacological methods of pain relief such as acupressure are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Practitioners often claim that such methods are highly effective and less invasive than analgesic drugs, but available empirical evidence is largely inconclusive. This study aimed to test the hypothesis that, postacupressure intervention, the amount of pain experienced by sampled leukemia patients, who received acupressure in addition to standard care, will reduce substantially compared to patients who received only routine treatment. This controlled trial was undertaken with hospitalized leukemia patients between February and June 2015. Our primary sample consisted of 100 participants who were randomly allocated to 2 groups. One (intervention) group underwent 12 acupressure sessions in addition to standard treatment while the control group received no intervention apart from being given the standard treatment for leukemia. The visual analogue scale was used to measure the levels of pain experienced. No significant differences were found between the 2 groups across 12 interventions. However, each group reported significantly different pain level changes before and after each intervention, suggested that the acupressure method was effective in reducing pain in the short term. Nurses are able to apply this complementary therapy alongside other procedures to manage these patients' pain. It is recommended that further studies be conducted to better understand the specific conditions under which acupressure can provide effective pain relief.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: University Portal > research center > sdh
Depositing User: pr SDH research
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 04:18
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 04:18
URI: http://eprints.qums.ac.ir/id/eprint/7409

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