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Table 1 Trial process chart of each study cycle

From: Acupressure for agitation in nursing home residents with dementia: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

  Baseline Treatment phase Follow-up phase
Tasks Week -2 Week 0 Week 3 Week 5 Week 8
Participants/next-of-kin      
Informed consent x     
Sign the proxy consent x     
Obtain participant’s assent x     
Access medical record x     
Physical examination x     
Intervention      
Acupressure group (n =33)   x    
Control      
Sham-acupressure group (n =33)   x    
Usual-care group (n =33)   x    
Outcomes      
Agitation (CMAI)   x x x x
Stress (salivary cortisol)   x x x x
Monitoring      
Compliance with the intervention   x    
Reasons for withdrawal   x x x x
Adverse events/safety   x x x x
  1. CMAI, Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory.