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The internal process of therapeutic touch.
J Holist Nurs. 2008 Mar; 26(1):17-24.JH

Abstract

Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a complementary healing modality used by health care providers to reduce anxiety, accelerate relaxation, decrease pain, and enhance immunity. Research studies report outcomes of TT treatments, but few describe the specific process. This qualitative research study was conducted to describe the nature of the core process of TT in adults and full term infants as practiced by five professional nurses, each treating one adult and one infant. Analysis of data obtained from interviews and focused participant observations was conducted. Findings provide empirical data to depict an overall process divided into three phases: (a) preparation, (b) treatment, and (c) termination, that adheres to the standard process as described by Krieger. It expands on the description of each phase, including two new subcomponents, orienting and disengagement, not previously seen in the literature. Lastly, the study describes the modification of the TT process with infants compared to adults.

Authors+Show Affiliations

College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, RI, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18332355

Citation

Coppa, Denise. "The Internal Process of Therapeutic Touch." Journal of Holistic Nursing : Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association, vol. 26, no. 1, 2008, pp. 17-24.
Coppa D. The internal process of therapeutic touch. J Holist Nurs. 2008;26(1):17-24.
Coppa, D. (2008). The internal process of therapeutic touch. Journal of Holistic Nursing : Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association, 26(1), 17-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898010107306691
Coppa D. The Internal Process of Therapeutic Touch. J Holist Nurs. 2008;26(1):17-24. PubMed PMID: 18332355.
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