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Auriculotherapy as a Coping Strategy in Professional Nursing

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01424072
First Posted: August 26, 2011
Last Update Posted: May 31, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Leonice Fumiko Sato Kurebayashi, University of Sao Paulo
  Purpose
This randomized clinical trial aimed at evaluating the auriculotherapy as coping strategies in 75 nursing professionals in a University Hospital.

Condition Intervention Phase
Stress, Psychological Coping Behavior Other: auriculotherapy by needles Other: auriculotherapy by seeds Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Applicability of Auriculotherapy as a Strategy for Stress and Coping in Nursing Professionals

Further study details as provided by Leonice Fumiko Sato Kurebayashi, University of Sao Paulo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Coping Strategy: Domain Social Support(After 60 Days) [ Time Frame: after 60days ]
    Scale information: Folkman and Lazarus Coping Strategy Inventory with 66 items. The scale is constructed by 8 different "domains": confrontation, distancing, self-control, social support, acceptance of responsibility, escape avoidance, problem solving and positive reappraisal.The questions are scored by Likert scale: 0 (not used this strategy); 1 (used somewhat); 2 (used enough) and 3(used in large quantities) to the 66 items (Folkman and Lazarus Coping Strategy Inventory). It performed a summation of items and defined the scores: 0-4 points (not use this strategy), 5-9 (use this strategy a bit), 10-14 ( use this strategy quite) 14-18 (use strategy plenty).

  • Coping Strategy: Distancing Domain [ Time Frame: after 75 days ]
    The questions are scored by Likert scale: 0 (not used this strategy); 1 (used somewhat); 2 (used enough) and 3(used in large quantities) to the 66 items (Folkman and Lazarus Coping Strategy Inventory). It performed a summation of items and defined the scores: 0-4 points (not use this strategy), 5-9 (use this strategy a bit), 10-14 ( use this strategy quite) 14-18 (use strategy plenty).

  • Coping Strategy: Social Support Domain [ Time Frame: after 60 days ]
    Scale information: Folkman and Lazarus Coping Strategy Inventory with 66 items. The scale is constructed by 8 different "domains": confrontation, distancing, self-control, social support, acceptance of responsibility, escape avoidance, problem solving and positive reappraisal.The questions are scored by Likert scale: 0 (not used this strategy); 1 (used somewhat); 2 (used enough) and 3(used in large quantities) to the 66 items (Folkman and Lazarus Coping Strategy Inventory). It performed a summation of items and defined the scores: 0-4 points (not use this strategy), 5-9 (use this strategy a bit), 10-14 ( use this strategy quite) 14-18 (use strategy plenty).


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Stress Scale [ Time Frame: after 60 days ]
    Scale information: Stress Symptoms List (LSS)with 60 items (better outcome)Low score: 12/29 points; Medium score: 30/60 points; High score: 61/120 points; Very high score (worse outcome): >120 points.


Enrollment: 75
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control Group
Control Group didn't receive any treatment and was evaluated at the same time and the same way of interventions group
Experimental: Auriculotherapy by needles
The investigators used 3 points, Shenmen, Kidney, and Brain Stem with semi-permanent needles of 1.8 mm, 1 time per week for 8 sessions.
Other: auriculotherapy by needles
The chinese auriculotherapy is a intervention used by Chinese Traditional Medicine in order to balance the body energy and to treat several kind of diseases using semi-permanent needles in specific points of the auricular pavilion.
Other Name: auricular acupuncture
Experimental: Auriculotherapy by seeds
The investigators used the three points Shenmen, Kidney, and Brain Stem with mustard seeds, 1 time per week for 8 sessions.
Other: auriculotherapy by seeds
We used the three points Shenmen, Kidney, and Brain Stem with mustard seeds, 1 time per week for 8 sessions.The subjects were instructed to stimulate the points three times a day.
Other Name: auricular acupuncture by seeds

Detailed Description:
There is consensus that psychological and social factors can lead to physical health problems of individuals and coping strategies in stressful situations may be crucial for the mental, physical and social development of people. Taking care of professionals who provide health services is a key strategy, since good results depend on the service, especially in work teams healthy and, therefore, able to promote the humanization of service.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   23 Years to 61 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Average and high score by the List of Stress Symptoms
  • Voluntary participation in the study
  • Availability of time for submission to the sessions

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy
  • Medical license or vacation during the period
  • Low score of stress
  Contacts and Locations
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Locations
Brazil
Hospital Universitário de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil, 05508-000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Sao Paulo
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Leonice FS Kurebayashi University of São Paulo
  More Information

Responsible Party: Leonice Fumiko Sato Kurebayashi, University of Sao Paulo
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01424072     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CAAE: 0060.0.198.000-09
First Submitted: August 23, 2011
First Posted: August 26, 2011
Results First Submitted: January 28, 2013
Results First Posted: May 31, 2013
Last Update Posted: May 31, 2013
Last Verified: April 2013

Keywords provided by Leonice Fumiko Sato Kurebayashi, University of Sao Paulo:
stress psychological
coping behavior

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress, Psychological
Behavioral Symptoms