Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Auricular Acupuncture for Insomnia: Duration and Effects in Korean Older Adults

Kwuy Bun Kim, PhD, RN; Sohyune R. Sok, PhD, RN

Abstract

This study examined the duration and effects of auricular acupuncture on insomnia in a sample of 28 Korean older adults. The design was a group, pretest-posttest, repeated-measures study. Measures were the Sleep State Tool and the Sleep Satisfaction Tool. The effects of auricular acupuncture on insomnia among Korean older adults were significant. The duration effects of auricular acupuncture were maintained for 2 weeks. Clinicians should consider providing auricular acupuncture as an alternative method for improving quality of sleep in older adults.

Abstract

This study examined the duration and effects of auricular acupuncture on insomnia in a sample of 28 Korean older adults. The design was a group, pretest-posttest, repeated-measures study. Measures were the Sleep State Tool and the Sleep Satisfaction Tool. The effects of auricular acupuncture on insomnia among Korean older adults were significant. The duration effects of auricular acupuncture were maintained for 2 weeks. Clinicians should consider providing auricular acupuncture as an alternative method for improving quality of sleep in older adults.
Authors
Dr. Kim is Professor and Dr. Sok is Assistant Professor, College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.

The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity. This research was supported by the Kyung Hee University Research Fund in 2005 (KHU-20050437).

Address correspondence to Sohyune R. Sok, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, 415 College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, # 1, Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea 130-701; e-mail: 5977sok@khu.ac.kr.

10.3928/00989134-20070801-05

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