Volume 26, Issue 136 (5-2016)                   J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci 2016, 26(136): 18-25 | Back to browse issues page

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Mojalli M, Abbasi P, Kianmehr M, Zamani S. Effect of Acupressure on Fecal Impaction in Hemodialysis Patients . J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci. 2016; 26 (136) :18-25
URL: http://jmums.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-7485-en.html
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Background and purpose: Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems in hemodialysis patients that has negative effects on quality of life in these patients. Non-medical treatments have more benefits compared to medical treatments. This study aimed to investigate the effect of acupressure on fecal impaction in hemodialysis patients.

Materials and methods: A double blind clinical trial was conducted in 60 hemodialysis patients suffering from constipation. They were randomly assigned into either intervention or control group. In intervention group, one minute acupressure was applied three times a week for four weeks during hemodialysis in acupressure points while in control group it was done in false points. Fecal impaction was measured before and after the intervention.

Results: There was a significant difference in fecal impaction between the two groups in week four after the intervention (P< 0.001) and the stool was more natural in intervention group compared to that of the control group (thicker and more adhesive).

Conclusion: Acupressure has a positive effect on fecal impaction in hemodialysis patients with constipation. Therefore, it could be used as a complementary treatment of constipation in hemodialysis patients.

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