The Effect of Acupuncture on Emotional Disorders in Patients With Insomnia: A Protocol for Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis


Main idea: We should concern about the management of emotional disorders in insomnia treatment, and acupuncture treatment of anxiety and depression caused by insomnia may be effective.


Insomnia with high incidence is usually accompanied by many other diseases, especially mental disorders with the under-diagnosis and under-treatment. Some studies demonstrated that acupuncture may be effective for emotional disorders accompanied by insomnia. The systematic review protocol is designed to guide and analyze the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for emotional disorders in patients with insomnia.

Seven databases, Cochrane central register of controlled trials, Medline, Embase, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Chinese Biomedical Literature database, VIP database, and Wanfang database, were searched from initial to December 2020. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for insomnia with emotional disorders (depression and anxiety) outcomes, which were reported in Chinese or English, were included.

Results: The effect of acupuncture on emotional disorders in patients with insomnia will be assessed on Hamilton anxiety Scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Insomnia Severity Index, Self-rating Anxiety Scale, Self-rating Depressive Scale, the number of participants secede, and the number of patients reported adverse events.


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