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Authors

  1. Liu, Xiao-Rong PhD, ANP-BC
  2. Rana, Nicole DNP, PhD, RN
  3. Wong, Ng-Shin MSN, ACNS-BC
  4. James, Chabu PhD
  5. Lu, Jue MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
  6. Xu, Xiao MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

Abstract

Auricular acupressure (AA) is widely used in East Asia and Europe to manage patients with sleep disturbance. This feasibility study was performed to demonstrate the potential of AA for sleep disturbance in patients with leukemia. Thirty-two patients with leukemia with poor sleep quality received AA 3 times a day for a total of 4 weeks. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was used to assess sleep quality at baseline, at a 2-week intervention, and after a 4-week intervention. Compared with baseline scores, PSQI scores and the use of sleep medicine were significantly improved at week 2 and week 4 (P < .05). As a potential safety therapy, AA could be an alternative or complementary intervention to improve sleep quality for patients with leukemia with sleep disturbance.