Author on Call

The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Effects of Healing Touch and Relaxation Therapy on Adult Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Feasibility Pilot Study

"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.