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Acupuncture as an optional treatment for hospice patients with xerostomia: an intervention study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, Vol. 15, no 1, 12-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

More than 70% of seriously ill patients with cancer suffer from xerostomia and the associated problems of swallowing, chewing and speaking. This study aims to investigate whether treatment with acupuncture is a viable option for hospice patients with xerostomia. During a 2-year period, 117 patients were assessed for xerostomia. Eighty-two patients were found to have moderate xerostomia. Sixty-seven fulfilled the criteria for inclusion. Of these, 14 were included but only eight completed the study. Ten acupuncture treatments were given during a 5-week period. The effect of acupuncture was measured using a visual analogue scale, and by measuring the saliva production before and after the series of treatment. The results show that all the patients experienced alleviation of dryness of the mouth and the associated symptoms, and thus benefited from the acupuncture treatment. However, conducting a 5-week acupuncture intervention study is not feasible at an inpatient hospice due to the patients being too close to death.

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2009. Vol. 15, no 1, 12-20 p.
Keyword [en]
acupuncture therapy, palliative care, xerostomia
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34578PubMedID: 19234425OAI: diva2:322961
Available from: 2010-06-09 Created: 2010-06-09 Last updated: 2010-09-23Bibliographically approved

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