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Influence of Acupuncture on Emotional Measures and Quality of Sleep Among Schizophrenia Patients

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
HaEmek Medical Center, Israel Identifier:
First received: October 26, 2008
Last updated: June 21, 2015
Last verified: June 2015
Insomnia, a common feature of schizophrenia, has serious consequences for daytime functioning and quality of life. Although insomnia is most often treated with medication, a growing number of studies have demonstrated the efficiency of a variety of relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapies and alternative medicine procedures. Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. Part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. Previous studies have demonstrated that acupuncture has a positive influence on a number of diseases and disorders, among them Depression, Chronic Pain and Sleep Disorders. Hence, the aim of the present study is to examine the effects of acupuncture as a treatment for insomnia in schizophrenic patients.The study begins with a 7-day, running-in, no-treatment period, followes by an 8-week experimental period. During the experimental period, subjects receive acupuncture treatments twice a week. During the first week of the study (no-treatment period) and the last week of the experimental period, subjects' sleep is monitored with a wrist actigraph, and subjects complete a wide spectrum of questionnaires.

Condition Intervention
Schizophrenia Schizoaffective Device: acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Influence of Acupuncture on Emotional Measures and Quality of Sleep Among Schizophrenia Patients

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Further study details as provided by HaEmek Medical Center, Israel:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • sleep efficiency [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • anxiety and depression levels [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Enrollment: 21
Study Start Date: April 2008
Study Completion Date: April 2009
Primary Completion Date: April 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: acupuncture needles
Acupuncture needles named acuzone needles. The acuzone needles are sterile and single use, manufactured by DONG BANG MEDICAL CO.,LTD.
Device: acupuncture
16 sessions of acupuncture treatment, twice a week.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder - diagnosed according DSM-4.
  2. capability to sign inform consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. unstable physical illness
  2. drug or alchohol abuse or dependence
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00780884

Haemek Medical Center
Afula, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
HaEmek Medical Center, Israel
Principal Investigator: Ilana Kremer, MD Haemek Mediacl Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: HaEmek Medical Center, Israel Identifier: NCT00780884     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0015-08
Study First Received: October 26, 2008
Last Updated: June 21, 2015

Keywords provided by HaEmek Medical Center, Israel:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on August 16, 2017