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J Clin Nurs. 2009 Aug;18(15):2145-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02522.x.

Effects of Meridian acupressure for stroke patients in Korea.

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College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, South Korea.

Abstract

AIM:

To examine the effects of Meridian acupressure on the functions of affected upper extremities, activity of daily living and depression for stroke patients.

BACKGROUND:

The handicaps of stroke patients necessitate multidisciplinary rehabilitation, which is aimed at decreasing the consequences of the illness in daily functions. In traditional Chinese medicine, Meridian acupressure has been used for rehabilitation of affected upper extremities of hemiplegia stroke patients in clinical practice.

DESIGN:

Randomised clinical trial.

METHOD:

Sample was 56 consecutive stroke patients in K Oriental hospital. Meridian acupressure was applied every day for 10 min per time in the experimental group (28 subjects) for two weeks. Routine care only was applied in the control group (28 subjects). Measures were a hand dynamometer for grip power, a 15-point graphic rating scale for pain, the distance round the index finger for oedema, electrogoniometry for the passive ROM of the upper extremities, the activity of daily living scale for activity of daily living and the six-face rating scale for depression. Data were collected from March 2003-September 2004.

RESULTS:

There were significant differences in functions of affected upper extremities, activity of daily living and depression between experimental and control group.

CONCLUSIONS:

Meridian acupressure was an effective intervention for improving the movement of the affected upper extremities, increasing activity of daily living and decreasing depression of hemiplegia stroke patients.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE:

Health professionals need to consider an array of methods including Meridian acupressure for the rehabilitation of stroke patients. Meridian acupressure has the potential as an alternative nursing intervention for multidisciplinary rehabilitation of stroke patients in practice.

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