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"Effects of Healing Touch and Relaxation Therapy on Adult Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Feasibility Pilot Study"
Lu, Der-Fa PhD, RN; Hart, Laura K. PhD, RN; Lutgendorf, Susan K. PhD; Oh, Hyunkyoung MSN, RN; Silverman, Margarida MD
"Stem Cell transplant (SCT) is a commonly used treatment for advanced cancers but can result in considerable morbidity. This randomized prospective study of daily Healing Touch (HT) vs. relaxation for patients undergoing SCT found that both interventions produced improvement in quality of life, mood, and a shorter hospital length of stay (LOS) than a historical usual care (UC) group. Best results were seen with use of HT for allogeneic transplant. HT appears to be a more feasible and better tolerated modality for this vulnerable population and may provide substantial benefits to SCT patients."
— Dr. Der-Fa Lu on the paper "Effects of Healing Touch and Relaxation Therapy on Adult Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Feasibility Pilot Study," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 39, Issue 3. Dr. Lu's paper is also featured on the cover and in our "Editor's Picks" for this issue.