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Acupuncture for Pain Management of Hemodialysis Patients

2014-08-27 03:14:38 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for pain management in hemodialysis patients.

Description

Pain is one of the most common symptoms experienced by end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, which subsequently debilitates patient's quality of life. Although reducing pain is crucial to successful patient care in hemodialysis population, symptoms are often undertreated.Conventional pharmacological approaches are limited in dialysis population , given their altered pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic profiles and increased potential for adverse reactions. Acupuncture has been known to be beneficial in various chronic pain condition. As a non-pharmacologic intervention, it might be valuable for pain management in hemodialysis patients whose analgesic use are limited due to altered pharmacokinetics. However, little is known for the benefits of acupuncture for pain management in dialysis population. This study aims to determine whether acupuncture is a feasible, effective and safe therapeutic intervention for pain management in hemodialysis patients.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Conditions

End-Stage Renal Disease

Intervention

Individualized acupuncture treatment, Routine care

Location

Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine
Daejeon
Korea, Republic of
305-811

Status

Recruiting

Source

Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:14:38-0400

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The occupational discipline of the traditional Chinese methods of ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY for treating disease by inserting needles along specific pathways or meridians.

Treatment of disease by inserting needles along specific pathways or meridians. The placement varies with the disease being treated. It is sometimes used in conjunction with heat, moxibustion, acupressure, or electric stimulation.

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A broad approach to appropriate coordination of the entire disease treatment process that often involves shifting away from more expensive inpatient and acute care to areas such as preventive medicine, patient counseling and education, and outpatient care. This concept includes implications of appropriate versus inappropriate therapy on the overall cost and clinical outcome of a particular disease. (From Hosp Pharm 1995 Jul;30(7):596)

A type of massage in which finger pressure on specific body sites is used to promote healing, relieve fatigue, etc. Although the anatomical locations are the same as the ACUPUNCTURE POINTS used in ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY (hence acu-), no needle or other acupuncture technique is employed in acupressure. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed). Shiatsu is a modern outgrowth that focuses more on prevention than healing.

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