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The effect of therapeutic touch and music rest on sleep parameters in children with liver transplantation

Published:December 16, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2022.12.008

      Highlights

      • Although music is often used to support children's sleep, interest in bioenergy applications is also increasing.
      • Non-pharmacological methods are valuable in order not to increase the burden of the liver in children with transplantation.
      • In this study, it was determined that therapeutic touch and music applications had positive effects on the sleep parameters.

      Abstract

      Purpose

      This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of therapeutic touch and music rest on the sleep of children with liver transplantation.

      Design and methods

      The data of the study were collected between February 2021 and November 2021. The study was completed with 50 patients included in the therapeutic touch and music rest groups. Therapeutic touch and music practices were applied for three consecutive days, once a day and 20 min. Before and after the practices, the 24-h sleep of the children was evaluated with actigraphy.

      Results

      It was determined that the time in bed, total sleep time, and sleep efficiency of the children in the therapeutic touch group increased after the procedure. On the other hand, it was determined that the time in bed, and total sleep time increased, and the onset latency decreased after the procedure in the children in the music rest group. It was determined that the effects of therapeutic touch and music rest applications on sleep parameters after the procedure were similar.

      Conclusion

      It has been determined that therapeutic touch and music rest applications have an improving effect on the sleep of children with liver transplantation.

      Practice implications

      Music rest and therapeutic touch, which are non-pharmacological methods that do not increase the burden of the liver, can be used by health professionals to support the sleep of children with liver transplantation.

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