The long-term effects of auricular therapy using magnetic pearls on elderly with insomnia.
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Complement Ther Med. 2003 Jun; 11(2): 85-92.

The long-term effects of auricular therapy using magnetic pearls on elderly with insomnia.

Suen LK, Wong TK, Leung AW, Ip WC.

School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, HungHom, PR China. [email protected]

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(2.30,29.90)=3.63, P<0.05) and marginally differences of sleep efficiency (F(4,52)=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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