Comment on: Acupressure in insomnia and other sleep disorders in elderly institutionalized patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease
We have read with interest the paper from Simoncini et al.  about the use of acupressure in insomnia and other sleep disorders in institutionalized patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. We have found major objections in both the methodology and the data interpretation that make us believe that the conclusion reached by the authors is biased and do not demonstrate that acupressure has any effect in insomnia in those patients.
First, there is a major concern based on the patients’ distribution showed in Figs. 3 and 4. Based on the methodology presented in the manuscript, the same measurement [global health quality of life and Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)] was carried at baseline (T0), after 2 months (at the end of the treatment) (T1) and 4 months after at the end of treatment (T2). If a patient in T1 and T2 could not perform test because of communication problems, the evaluation was limited to the neuropsychiatric inventory (NPI). The NPI was then administered to the...
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