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EFFECTIVENESS OF ACUPRESSURE ON IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF SLEEP AMONG CANCER PATIENTS IN HCG CANCER CENTER
*Ms. Sampa Mandal, Ms. Manjula P.M., Ms. Lakshmi A., Ms. Ashwini R., Ms. Jyothi Vidya
Introduction: Cancer occurs when cells grow abnormally and invade other tissue in the body. It is not a singular disease; instead, different types of cancer can have distinct causes, symptoms, and impacts on health. For patients with cancer, sleep is potentially affected by variety of factors such as cancer therapy, biochemical changes and emotional factors. Sleep disturbances lead to a lower quality of life and may even lead to immune dysregulation and increased mortality in these patients. The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of acupressure on improving the quality of sleep among cancer patients and to find out the association between the quality of sleep after intervention among cancer patients with their selected demographic variables. Methods and materials: The study was conducted among 60 cancer patients, who were selected by non-probability purposive sampling technique. Data was obtained by sociodemographic proforma and clinical variables. Quality of sleep was assessed by Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scale before and after intervention. The research design used was pre-experimental one group pre-test post-test design. The data analysis was done by descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: Among 60 patients, 40 (66.67%) belongs to age group of 46-50 years and 52 (86.66%) were married. 54 (90%) cancer patients were Hindu and 48 (80%) had less than one year duration of illness. And about 38 (63.33%) of cancer patients were on chemotherapy. Prior to implementation of acupressure 7 (11.67%) of cancer patients only had good sleep and 46 (76.66%) had fairly good sleep and 7 (11.67%) had bad sleep. After intervention majority 50 (83.33%) had good sleep and 10 (16.67%) of cancer patients had fairly good sleep. Conclusion: The present study concluded that the score of sleep after acupressure is lower than the score of sleep before intervention.[Full Text Article]