Yongcun Cao

Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing


Acupuncture, Ear, Sleep, Postoperative Care


This study utilized true experimental pre-test-post test design. Respondents of the study included 22 patients aged 20 years old and above. The setting is located at SuZhou hospital of traditional Chinese Medicine in-patient ward. The respondents were randomly selected using the criteria by the researcher. The Groningen Sleep Quality Scale (GSQS) developed by Mulder et al., (1980) was utilized. it consisted of 15 true-false statements about their previous night's sleep. The statistical tools used were percentage distribution, mean, and dependent samples t-test and independent samples t-test. The study concluded that, 1) Majority of selected post-operative clients were male aged 61 years old and above married, attained junior middle school and below as well as monthly family income between Y3000 and Y8000. There was no significant difference when the participants are grouped according to age, sex, civil status, educational attainment and monthly family income; 2) There was severe level of postoperative sleep disorder both in the comparison and treatment group of selected post-operative clients prior to the implementation of the auricular acupuncture (seeding). Meanwhile, after the implementation of the auricular acupuncture (seeding), the treatment group experienced mild post-operative sleep, while the comparison group experienced moderate post-operative sleep; 3) Auricular acupuncture improved the post-operative sleep quality of patients who underwent ORIF as results showed that scores of patients from treatment group improved from severe post-operative sleep disorder to mild post-operative sleep disorder; 4) There is a significant difference in the level of sleep quality of the respondents in the comparison group and the treatment group after auricular acupuncture (seeding). Therefore, auricular acupuncture (seeding) is an effective intervention to improve sleep quality of the post-operative patient.

First Advisor

Mercedita A. Quiambao