Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Table of Contents - Year : 2016 | Month : September | Volume : 10 | Issue : 9 | Page : YC01 - YC04

The Effects of Transcutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation (TEAS) on Fatigue in Haemodialysis Patients YC01-YC04

Fatemeh Hadadian, Nasrollah Sohrabi, Mandana Farokhpayam, Hoda Farokhpayam, Farhad Towhidi, Sadighe fayazi, Ali Soroush, Alireza Abdi

Dr. Sadighe Fayazi,
Chronic Disease Care Research Center, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery,
Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.

Introduction: Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms in End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients receiving haemodialysis treatment. In recent years, researchers investigated the role of alternative medicine methods such as acupuncture in treatment of the chronic disease; however, there is a paucity of information regarding the fatigue of haemodialysis patients.

Aim: To evaluate the effects of Trans Cutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation (TEAS) on fatigue among ESRD patients receiving haemodialysis treatment.

Materials and Methods: This randomized clinical trial was conducted over a five month, in Kermanshah-Iran haemodialysis centers in 2009. Fifty six 56 patients who had undergone to haemodialysis and meeting the inclusion criteria, were divided into two groups by simple random sampling; TEAS (28 cases) and TEAS-Sham group (28 cases). The data was gathered through the Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI), entered into SPSS-16 software and analysed by descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: Out of 56, 38 patients (67.9%) were male and 45 were (80.4%) married. The mean and standard deviation of age were 52.2915.26 years. The inferential tests showed no differences in the clinical and the demographic characteristics of patients among two groups (p > 0.05). The mean rank of fatigue score in TEAS and TEAS-Sham groups was 30.68 and 26.32 respectively (p=0.317) at the first of study. The results of the Mann-Whitney U-test indicated that there were significant differences between the TEAS and Sham groups after intervention (p = 0.002).

Conclusion: Findings of the present study revealed that application of the TEAS on these acupoints had produced a better recovery rate of fatigue in TEAS group than Sham group after a course of ten session intervention. So, it is suggested that this plan will be provided to the haemodialysis patients.