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Healing Touch: A Low-tech Intervention in High-tech Settings

Eschiti, Valerie S. RN, MSN, CHTP, AHN-BC

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: January-February 2007 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 9-14

Healing Touch is a complementary therapy that can be used as a nursing intervention for patients in critical care settings. Use of healing touch may facilitate positive patient outcomes. However, further research is needed to adequately evaluate the effectiveness of healing touch in the critical care setting. The use of Healing Touch in critically ill patients is explored in this article.

Healing touch is a complementary therapy which may be used for critically ill patients. This article reviews the use of healing touch by nurses.

Valerie S. Eschiti, RN, MSN, CHTP, AHN-BC, is a certified Healing Touch practitioner and a board-certified advanced holistic nurse. She is also a member of the editorial board of DCCN.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Valerie S. Eschiti, RN, MSN, CHTP, AHN-BC, College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, PO Box 26901, Oklahoma City, OK 73190 (

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.