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Acupuncture for Sleep Disturbances in Post-Deployment Military Service Members: A Randomized Controlled Trial


This RCT and mixed-methods study examined the difference between two groups receiving the following interventions: (1) brief manual standardized stress acupuncture (MSSA) combined with an abbreviated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ACBT) versus (2) ACBT alone. Three study aims: Aim (1): Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scores were analyzed using descriptive summaries, linear regression, and reliable change index (RCI). Aim (2): Journal entries were analyzed using content analysis. Aim (3): Acupuncture Expectancy Scale (AES) scores were analyzed using paired t-test and RCI. Aim (1): Both groups demonstrated similar improvements in the ISI scores (p = .480). Aim (2): The ACBT/MSSA group reported greater benefits in sleep and in other life areas including mental, physical, and social functioning. Aim (3): The AES showed that 21.6% had a clinically meaningful increase in expectations in the effect of acupuncture for stress (p = .965).

Jane J Abanes, Sheila H Ridner, Mary S Dietrich, Cynthia Hiers, Bethany Rhoten

Clin Nurs Res. 2022 Feb;31(2):239-250. doi: 10.1177/10547738211030602. Epub 2021 Jul 6.  

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/10547738211030602

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