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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2013;19(1):23-35.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2013.19.1.23    Published online March 25, 2013.
Meta-analysis of Complementary and Alternative Intervention on Menstrual Distress
Jung Hyo Kim, Mi Kyung Park, Mi Ra Oh
1Chosun Nursing College, Gwangju, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Nambu University, Gwangju, Korea. pmk0220@nambu.ac.kr
3Department of Statistics, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea.
Abstract
PURPOSE
This study was to analyze the effect size of complementary and alternative intervention studies in reference to dysmenorrhea and menstrual distress.
METHODS
In order to conduct a meta-analysis, a total of 393 studies were retrieved from the database. Twenty-eight studies that were published from March 2001 to February 2011 were selected.
RESULTS
Intervention studies included seven studies on aromatherapy, five on auriculotherapy, three on each Koryo-Sooji-Chim and moxibustion, two on each heat therapy and magnetic therapy and six on other therapy. The effect size of the intervention studies on dysmenorrhea and menstrual distress was greater than 0.48 for Koryo-Sooji-Chim, moxibustion, aromatherapy, auriculotherapy and other therapy.
CONCLUSION
This study suggests that drug free therapy can reduce the levels of menstrual distress, despite the small number of intervention studies and randomized controlled trials.
Key Words: Menstruation; Complementary; Alternative; Intervention; Meta-analysis
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