Benefits of auriculoacupuncture in nursing professionals working at COVID-19 in light of the Comfort Theory

Geórgia Alcântara Alencar Melo José Claudio Garcia Lira Neto Marina Guerra Martins Francisco Gilberto Fernandes Pereira Joselany Áfio Caetano About the authors

ABSTRACT

Objective

To analyze the benefits of auriculoacupuncture in nursing professionals working in the COVID-19 pandemic in the light of Katherine Kolcaba's Theory of Comfort.

Method

Descriptive research with a qualitative approach, carried out with 33 nursing professionals working to combat COVID-19. The testimonies were collected through interviews after conducting auriculoacupuncture sessions, then organized and analyzed according to Bardin's content analysis, anchored in the Comfort Theory.

Results

Three thematic categories emerged: “Auriculoacupuntra as a measure of comfort”; “(Dis) Physical and psychospiritual comfort and performance in assisting COVID-19”; and, “From organizational support to individual commitment to health”. It appears that the subjects reported an improvement in their self-perception of comfort, with emphasis on the physical and psychospiritual domains, such as improvement in anxiety, pain and quality of sleep. Institutional integrity appears as an ally to health-seeking behavior.

Final considerations and implications for practice: Auriculoacupuncture was perceived as beneficial for improving the feeling of physical and psycho-spiritual comfort by nursing professionals.

Keywords:
Acupunture, Ear; Nursing Theory; Coronavirus Infections. Nursing

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