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|Title:||The long-term effects of auricular therapy using magnetic pearls on elderly with insomnia|
|Authors:||Suen, LKP |
|Source:||Complementary therapies in medicine, 2003, v. 11, no. 2, p. 85-92 How to cite?|
|Journal:||Complementary therapies in medicine|
|Abstract:||Objective: To examine the long-term effect of auricular therapy using magnetic pearls administered for the elderly suffering from insomnia.|
Design: A follow-up study after a randomized controlled trial.
Settings: Four hostels for the elderly in Hong Kong.
Interventions: This paper focuses on reporting the long-term effect of auricular therapy using magnetic pearls in the experimental group of a randomized controlled study. Fifteen volunteer participants were followed up at 1-, 3-, and 6-month intervals after a 3-week treatment course.
Outcome measures: Objective sleep parameters using actigraphic monitoring were collected at different intervals of time after the therapy. Results: Results of RANOVA demonstrate that there was a significant difference of nocturnal sleep time (F 2 . 3 0 , 2 9 . 9 0 =3.63, P<0.05) and marginally differences of sleep efficiency (F 4 , 5 2 =2.52, P=0.05) at baseline, immediately after the therapy, and at the three time intervals at 1, 3 and 6 months. The results illustrate that the mean nocturnal sleep time (F=4.95, P=0.30, R 2 =0.91) and the mean sleep efficiency (F=13.50, P=0.19, R 2 =0.96) also remained constant over the 6-month follow up period. The results of least square polynomial regression analysis also illustrate that the mean NST (F=4.95, P=0.30, R 2 =0.91) and the mean sleep efficiency (F=13.50, P=0.19, R 2 =0.96) remained constant over the 6-month follow up period.
Conclusion: The results of this follow up study indicate that auricular therapy using magnetic pearls could have a long-term effect, at least within the observed period of time, on improving the quality as well as the quantity of sleep among the elderly.
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