The Effect of Tele-acupressure Self-practice for Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Community During COVID-19

Author(s): Yun Jin Kim*

Journal Name: Current Psychiatry Research and Reviews
Formerly Current Psychiatry Reviews

Volume 16 , Issue 4 , 2020

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Background: Preliminary studies support the clinical effect of acupressure in managing neuropsychiatric diseases. However, procedures for the selection of intervention and Tele-acupressure self-practice implementation techniques are lacking. This lack of information hinders further studies on the effect of Tele-acupressure self-practice and its subsequent clinical uses.

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the effect of Tele-acupressure self-practice on the improvement of mental health as well as depression, anxiety and well-being during COVID-19 in Malaysia.

Methods: The goal of this work was to manage Tele-acupressure self-practice for mental health during COVID-19. All the participants (N=80) enrolled in this study were staying at one of the same communities. The participants were randomly allocated to one of the two groups; 40 participants were involved in the Tele-acupressure self-practice group, and 40 participants were involved in the Nonacupressure group. Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, and personal well-being (using the four Office for National Statistics personal well-being questions, ONS-4) were used to assess measurement. Data were collected at baseline and after four weeks of treatment.

Results: The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (6.29±1.65), Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (7.20±0.65), anxiety score in well-being ONS-4 (3.34±0.38) were significantly lower; the happiness score in well-being ONS-4 (8.82±0.86) was significantly higher in the Tele-acupressure self-practice group compared with the Non-acupressure group in the after four week’s assessments. The two groups were not statistically different regarding satisfaction with life and sorthwhile in the well-being ONS-4 questionnaires.

Conclusions: Tele-acupressure self-practice had an effect than Non-acupressure in participants during COVID-19 pandemic. But, satisfaction with life and worthwhile in the well-being was better in both of the groups, which proved the participants became more relaxed. Tele-acupressure self-practice being used for the COVID-19 pandemic period facilitates the development of Malaysian public mental health intervention.

Keywords: Acupressure, depression, anxiety, well-being, COVID-19, tele-medicine.

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Year: 2020
Published on: 17 November, 2020
Page: [267 - 274]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/2666082216999201117124408
Price: $65

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