Monitoring post-operative and chronic patients with actigraphy (limb and body activity) can assist in identifying optimum intervention strategies for minimizing sleep disturbances and promoting speedy recovery (Redeker, Bisgaard, Neil Stanley, Kathy Lee, and Diana Mason articles). Studies suggest a link between sleep and the immune system. Intervention strategies to minimize the pain and fatigue caused by diseases such as cancer and its treatment can also be evaluated, and correctable co-morbid factors (such as apnea, sleep disordered breathing, and inadequate sleep hygiene) can be identified.
Actigraphy documents the patients’ pattern of sleep and wake activity. Evidence of mobility in post-surgical patients has shown beneficial effect and speed-up in the recovery process. (Bisgaard, Redeker & Lee).
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