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Energy Healing and Pain: A Review of the Literature

Fazzino, Dolores L. DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CRNFA; Griffin, Mary T. Quinn PhD, RN; McNulty, Sister Rita DNP, RN, APRN-BC; Fitzpatrick, Joyce J. PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181d39718
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This article includes a review of the literature on research related to energy healing and pain from 1980 through 2008. The types of energy healing considered include Reiki, therapeutic touch, and healing touch. There has been limited research testing these holistic interventions and their effect on pain even though there is attention to the modalities in the nursing practice literature. Recommendations for future research include studies with larger and diverse samples and comparisons among the various modalities.

Prepare Me 4 Surgery, Encinitas, California (Dr Fazzino); and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (Drs Quinn Griffin, McNulty, and Fitzpatrick).

Corresponding Author: Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106 (Joyce.fitzpatrick@case.edu).

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