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Original Article
Effects of Auricular Acupressure Therapy on Musculoskeletal Pain, Depression and Sleep of the Elderly in Long-term Care Facilities
Eunkyung Chang1, Heeok Park2
Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing 2018;29(2):133-142.
Published online: June 12, 2018
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1Graduated School, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea

2Collage of Nursing · Research Institute of Nursing Science, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea

Corresponding author: Park, Heeok College of Nursing, Keimyung University, 1095 Dalgubeol-daero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 42601, Korea. Tel: +82-53-580-3924, Fax: +82-53-580-3916, E-mail:
• Received: November 2, 2017   • Revised: February 26, 2018   • Accepted: February 26, 2018

Copyright © 2018 Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing

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  • Purpose
    The purpose of this study is to examine and evaluate the effects of auricular acupressure on musculoskeletal pain, depression and sleep of the elderly who are institutionalized in long-term care facilities.
  • Methods
    The research was conducted in a non-equivalent control group and non-synchronized design with data collected from October to December, 2016. The subjects were from long-term care facilities for the elderly in D city and divided into an experimental group (24 subjects) and a control group (25 subjects).
  • Results
    After the intervention, the experimental group showed significant improvement in degree of musculoskeletal pain on time (x2=23.89, p<.001) and degree of depression on time and group (x2=37.42, p<.001, U=122.0, p<001) and degree of sleep on time (x2=33.62, p<.001). Thus, the suggested hypothesis is partially supported.
  • Conclusion
    Auricular acupressure therapy is expected to be a practical and efficient nursing intervention for the elderly institutionalized in long-term care facilities.
Figure 1.
Meridian point for auricular acupressure therapy.
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