Effectiveness of acupressure for residents of long-term care facilities with insomnia: A randomized controlled trial

Jia Ling Sun, Mei Sheng Sung, Mei Yu Huang, Guang Chih Cheng, Chia-Chin Lin

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Background: Acupressure on the Shenmen point (indexed as HT7) can improve insomnia, but there has been no longitudinal study to evaluate its efficacy for residents of long-term care facilities. No evidence from the existing literature indicates how long its efficacy can be maintained after stopping acupressure. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupressure on the Shenmen point for residents of long-term care facilities with insomnia. Methods: Fifty residents with insomnia in long-term care facilities were enrolled in a randomized controlled trial, with 25 participants allocated to the experimental group and 25 participants to the control group. For a 5-week period, the experimental group received standard acupressure on the HT7 points of both wrists, whereas the control group received only light touch on the same places. Insomnia was measured with the Athens Insomnia Scale-Taiwan form (AIS-T). Participants' self-reported scores were done at baseline, during the 5-week period, and after intervention. This study was analyzed on an intention-to-treat procedure. Results: The experimental group has significantly better scores on the AIS-T compared to the control group, not only during the intervention period, but also extending after intervention, as shown by generalized estimating equations (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-805
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


  • Acupressure
  • Athens insomnia scale
  • Insomnia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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