Integrating Auricular Point Acupressure into Real-World Nursing Practice to Manage Cancer-Related Pain
- INCLUSION CRITERIA FOR NURSES:
- Nurses who are practicing at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC) for at least one year
- Palliative care nurse
- Nurse educators related to cancer patients
- INCLUSION CRITERIA FOR PATIENTS:
- Cancer patients with worst pain rated as 4 or more on a 0–10 numeric rating scale in the last 24 hours, which will use the EPIC pain scale
- Able to read and write English
- Able to apply pressure to the seeds taped to the ears
- Patients with any cancer type will be eligible for this study so long as they are experiencing cancer-related pain
- Owns smart cellphone
- Delirious patients
- Ear skin disease
- Non-English speakers
- Latex allergy to the tape used for this study
- Women who are pregnant
I. To determine the effectiveness of a training course of auricular point acupressure (APA) among nurses who work in the oncology inpatient unit to provide APA for cancer-related pain (CRP).
II. To examine patients’ primary outcomes (i.e., pain intensity, pain interferences, and the dose of analgesic use) and secondary outcomes (i.e., fatigue and sleep) after APA.
PHASE I: Nurses receive education on APA consisting didactic presentations over 8 hours and hands on training over 4 hours. Nurses also participate in interviews over 15-20 minutes after completing the workshop, during recruitment (around the 10th patient recruited), and at the end of recruitment (the completion of 20 patients recruited).
PHASE II: Patients undergo APA by trained oncology nurse.
After completion of APA, patients are followed for 3 consecutive days.
Trial Phase Phase NA
Trial Type Supportive care
Johns Hopkins University / Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Chao Hsing Yeh
- Primary ID j18142
- Secondary IDs NCI-2020-03799, IRB00183805, CRMS-70185
- Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT04040140