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Tellington Touch before Venipuncture: An Exploratory Descriptive Study

Wendler, M. Cecilia RN, PhD, CCRN

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Tellington touch (ttouch) is an emerging natural healing modality used by nurses and other health care providers to communicate caring and connection to clients. This simple-to-learn and easy-to-implement form of mindful, gentle physical touch is said to help in diverse areas such as chronic pain management, labor discomfort, and postinjury pain and edema. Despite 15 years of anecdotal evidence outlining reported benefits for humans, no investigation of ttouch has yet been undertaken. This qualitative study initiates a body of knowledge about ttouch by exploring and describing the experience of ttouch when administered to healthy people awaiting a routine venipuncture. The study includes qualitative data from both the participants (n = 47) and the provider (n = 1) and provides essential foundational information regarding the experience of ttouch. Implications for practice and future research are provided.

Associate Professor, Nursing Systems, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

This research was supported in part by the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Office of University Research (Faculty/Undergraduate Student Collaborative Research and the Women and Minority Mentoring Grants Programs) and the Delta Phi and Kappa Phi chapters of Sigma Theta Tau, International. The author acknowledges the support of Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD; Carol Vojir, PhD; Nancy Hester, RN, PhD, FAAN; Francelyn Reeder, RN, PhD, of the University of Colorado Health Science Center; and Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD, of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Nurses interested in learning more about Tellington touch for humans may contact the author ( ) at the Center of Excellence for Tellington Touch Education and Research at the Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, or by visiting the Tellington Touch Web site:

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