Integrated group program for improving sleep quality of elderly people

Petrus Y N NG*, Kai Fong Chan

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article reports an exploratory study on the effects of an integrated group program for improving the sleep quality of elderly people in Hong Kong. Elderly people aged over 55 who had obtained a Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score >5 were recruited as subjects of the study. While 19 subjects of the treatment group were taking part in an integrated group program involving social group work intervention as well as Chinese medicine therapeutics, 9 subjects of comparison group received no intervention. Using a pretest and posttest design, the study revealed positive effects of the integrated group program. It has added knowledge serving the development of interventions that can help to improve the sleep quality of elderly people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-378
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Elderly group program
  • Elderly people
  • Insomnia
  • Mental health
  • PSQI
  • Psychoeducation Chinese medicine
  • Sleep problems
  • Sleep quality
  • Social group work


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