Research: YEH and COLLEAGUES,

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YEH and COLLEAGUES, 1. a School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh; 2. b School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; 3. c School of Nursing, Suzhou Health College; 4. d Department of Biostatistics , University of Texas School of Public Health at San Antonio Regional Campus; 5. e Research to Advance Community Health Center , University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Regional Campus; 6. f Departments of Psychiatry, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation , University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine; 7. g Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine , University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine; 8. h Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center set out to determine the relationship between pain intensity and sleep quality


The purpose of this study was to report sleep quality from 4 weeks of auricular point acupressure that was designed for chronic low back pain and determine the relationship between pain intensity and sleep quality.


Participants were randomized into the auricular point acupressure - APA group (n = 30) or the sham-APA group (n = 31).


At baseline assessment, 87% of the participants reported poor sleep quality. Participants who received APA had decreased daytime disturbance and improved global Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index scores at end of intervention (EOI) and 1-month follow up compared to participants in the sham-APA group.


For the APA group, both the sleep duration and wake after sleep onset decreased gradually during the 4-week APA (0.56% and 0.23% daily change, respectively).


Yeh CH1, Suen LK2, Shen J3, Chien LC4,5, Liang Z1, Glick RM6, Morone NE7,8, Chasens ER1. Changes in Sleep With Auricular Point Acupressure for Chronic Low Back Pain. Behav Sleep Med 14(3):279-94. 2016. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2014.981820. Epub Aug 5 2015.

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