Efficacy and Safety of Massage in the Treatment of Post-Stroke Insomnia: A Protocol for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Main idea: It will be substantiated in this review whether massage therapy is a reliable intervention for PSI by examining the evidence collected.


Background: Post-stroke insomnia (PSI) is a serious problem which has significant adverse effects on the subsequent recovery of patients and the quality of their daily life. Massage is effective in improving the quality of sleep for stroke patients displaying no significant adverse reactions. Up to now, however, there are still no systematic studies conducted to provide compelling evidence for its effectiveness in treating PSI. Allowing for this, this project is purposed to make a thorough summary of the efficacy of massage therapy in treating PSI and the safety of this practice.

Methods: Without considering the status of publication and language, a meticulous search will be conducted, covering the Web of Science, the Cochrane Library search, PubMed, EMBASE, Chinese biomedical literature database, Chongqing VIP Database for Chinese Technical Periodicals, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Wanfang. All randomized controlled trials of Post-stroke insomnia will be retrieved. The deadline is set as October 23, 2020.

Results: The effectiveness and safety of massage therapy intended for Post-stroke insomnia will be subject to a systematic evaluation under this program.


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