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Factors Influencing Compliance with Auricular Acupressure Therapy in Patients with Cancer-Related Fatigue

Authors Lin L, Jing X, Zhang Y, Qian H, Xu J, Tian L

Received 6 May 2020

Accepted for publication 9 July 2020

Published 27 July 2020 Volume 2020:14 Pages 1275—1281


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Naifeng Liu

Lu Lin,1,2 Xiuchen Jing,1,2 Yan Zhang,3 Hongying Qian,1 Jiali Xu,1 Li Tian1,2

1Department of Nursing, The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Oncology, School of Nursing, Medical College of Soochow University, Suzhou, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Oncology, Suzhou Municipal Hospital, Suzhou, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Li Tian
The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, 188 Shizi Road, Suzhou 215006, People’s Republic of China
Tel +86 512 65221481
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Background: Patient compliance can influence the effect of auricular acupressure used to manage cancer-related fatigue (CRF).
Objective: To explore the barriers and facilitators affecting patients’ compliance with treatment.
Methods: The maximum difference sampling method was used to conduct qualitative interviews with 11 CRF patients undergoing auricular acupressure therapy. The interview data were analyzed by Colaizzi’s seven-step analysis.
Results: Convenience and acceptability of the therapy, preliminary effects of its implementation, fully believing in the benefits of auricular acupressure and being habituated to the therapy, help and reminder from family members are the facilitating factors to improve patient compliance with auricular acupressure therapy, while the hindering factors include having doubts about the effect of acupressure resulting in interruption, having limited access to medical resources, deterioration of the condition resulting in self-abandonment, and weak family support.
Conclusion: In clinical nursing practice, attention should be paid to the analysis of the facilitating and hindering factors during the implementation of auricular acupressure therapy as well as the development of targeted intervention measures to improve patient compliance so as to enhance the effectiveness of auricular acupressure.

Keywords: auricular acupressure, compliance, cancer-related fatigue, influencing factors

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