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Large Clinical Study Shows Value of Therapeutic Touch Program

Newshan, Gayle PhD, NP; Schuller-Civitella, Donna MPH, RN

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Representing the largest published sample size of therapeutic touch (TT) outcomes to date, data from this continuous quality improvement (CQI) clinical study suggests that TT, when provided in the clinical setting, promotes comfort, calmness, and well-being among hospitalized patients. In addition, patients are highly satisfied with TT. The newly developed Patient Satisfaction Survey and TT Performance Improvement Tool provide an effective means by which to evaluate a TT program.

Holistic Care Services Department, St. John's Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, NY (Newshan)

Inland Hospital, Norridgewock, Me (Schuller-Civitella).

Corresponding author: Gayle Newshan, PhD, NP, Holistic Care Services Department, St. John's Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, NY.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.