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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2003 Feb;33(1):79-86. Korean.
Published online March 28, 2017.
Copyright © 2003 Korean Society of Nursing Science
The Effects of Koryo Hand-Acupuncture on the Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain
Nan Young Lim and Yeo Jin Yi
Department of Nursing, Hanyang University, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of Koryo Hand-Acupuncture on health status(pain, trunk flexion, IADL, depression) of patients with chronic low back pain.


This study used a quasi experimental pre-test and post-test design. Data were collected from December 1st, 2000 to December 20th, 2001. 63 chronic low back pain patients(35 experimental group, 28 control group) admitted to the Back-School and consented to this study. The experimental group participated in treatment : Koryo Hand-Acupuncture and AB-Bong. Two groups was homogeneity. After 4 weeks the effects of treatment on the health status was measured between experimental and control group. Data were analyzed using SPSSWIN 10.0 with crosstab, t-test, and paired t-test.


In the experimental group, pain(t=4.85, p=.000) and IADL difficulty(t=2.05, p=.045) was significantly lower than those in the control group. It makes no difference trunk flexion(t=-1.60, p=.114) and depression(t=1.50, p=.138) between experimental and control group.


These findings indicate that Koryo-Hand Acupuncture is an effective method for reducing pain and IADL difficulty in patients with chronic low back pain, and is considered as a independent nursing intervention for chronic low back pain.

Keywords: Koryo hand-acupuncture; Chronic low back pain; pain; Trunk flexion; IADL; Depression