Acupressure in Hospitalized Patients

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Stony Brook University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Acupressure

Treatments

Other: control
Other: acupressure
Other: sham

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT02762435
867005-3

Details and patient eligibility

About

After written informed consent eligible hospitalized patients will be randomized to one of 3 arms (1:1:1:): control, sham, accupressure (3 points on the hand and wrist three times per day). Quality of recovery and other measures of patient satisfaction will be recorded.

Full description

After written informed consent eligible hospitalized patients will be randomized to one of 3 arms (1:1:1:): control (no touch), sham (light touch), acupressure (2 minutes moderate pressure each at PC6, LI4, and HT7 three times per day). Quality of recovery using the validated Quality of Recovery (QOR) 15 score and other measures of patient satisfaction (nausea score, pain score) will be recorded at baseline and after their 6 study sessions.

Enrollment

200 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • adults
  • patients at Stony Brook hospital
  • expected to be hospitalized for at least 3 days
  • able to sign informed consent and participate in the study

Exclusion criteria

  • Under 18 years of age
  • Do not have access to the 3 points on the hand and wrist due to skin breakdown, ulcers, cellulitis, broken bone, indwelling catheter within 5 cm radius of the pressure points.
  • Significant dementia or altered mental status that would prevent assessment of the QOR survey
  • Allergic reaction to ink
  • Stroke or other neurologic condition which precludes sensation in both upper extremities.
  • Ongoing use of regional anesthetic technique
  • Pregnancy

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

200 participants in 3 patient groups, including a placebo group

control
Placebo Comparator group
Description:
No pressure applied to the 3 points
Treatment:
Other: control
sham
Sham Comparator group
Description:
Light touch applied to the 3 points (2 minutes each at PC6, LI4, and HT7, three times per day for 2 days)
Treatment:
Other: sham
acupressure
Experimental group
Description:
Moderate pressure applied to the 3 points (2 minutes each at PC6, LI4, and HT7, three times per day for 2 days)
Treatment:
Other: acupressure

Trial contacts and locations

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