Understanding the use of acupuncture for insomnia among cancer survivors: A qualitative study Journal Article


Authors: Eriksen, W. T.; Singerman, L.; Romero, S. A. D.; Bussell, J.; Barg, F. K.; Mao, J. J.
Article Title: Understanding the use of acupuncture for insomnia among cancer survivors: A qualitative study
Abstract: Objective: To understand cancer survivors' perceptions regarding the use of acupuncture for the treatment of cancer-related insomnia. Design: Semistructured interviews with cancer survivors participating in a randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia. Interviews were conducted before randomization into either treatment option, and structured to elicit participants' experiences with insomnia as well as their beliefs and understanding surrounding acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia. An integrated approach was used for data analysis. Subjects: Sixty-three cancer survivors with DSM-V diagnosed insomnia. Results: Participants shared a broad lack of understanding regarding acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia. Specifically, individuals in this study expressed confusion surrounding what symptoms or medical conditions acupuncture could be used to treat, how acupuncture works, and how long the effects of acupuncture last. Conclusions: This study identified three specific gaps in knowledge, including treatment target, mechanism, and durability, surrounding the use of acupuncture for insomnia in cancer survivors. Addressing these gaps by providing appropriate and timely education surrounding the use of acupuncture to treat insomnia is essential to increase the evidence-informed utilization of acupuncture and to better meet patients' needs among cancer survivors. © Copyright 2018, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers 2018.
Keywords: adult; controlled study; aged; middle aged; major clinical study; cohort studies; randomized controlled trial; cohort analysis; attitude to health; cancer survivor; insomnia; health belief; acupuncture; health knowledge, attitudes, practice; personal experience; qualitative research; comprehension; semi structured interview; knowledge; utilization; cancer survivors; randomized controlled trial (topic); acupuncture therapy; comparative effectiveness; sleep initiation and maintenance disorders; cognitive behavioral therapy; confusion (uncertainty); cancer; humans; human; male; female; priority journal; article; statistics and numerical data; belief
Journal Title: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume: 24
Issue: 9-10
ISSN: 1075-5535
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc  
Date Published: 2018-09-01
Start Page: 962
End Page: 967
Language: English
DOI: 10.1089/acm.2018.0156
PUBMED: 30247951
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC6157314
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 November 2018 -- Source: Scopus
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  2. Sally Ann Dominick Romero
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