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The Use of Selected Energy Touch Modalities as Supportive Nursing Interventions: Are We There Yet?

Vitale, Anne MSN, APRN, BC


There is growing interest among nurses in complementary therapies that are noninvasive, do not rely on expensive technology, and are holistic in focus. Besides the use of therapeutic touch, nurses are exploring other energy touch therapies, such as Reiki. This article examines the status of selected energy therapies and progress made toward nursing intervention utilization, including recommendations for nursing education applicable for 21st-century nursing practice.

Ms Vitale is a doctoral student (PhD Nursing) at Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.

Corresponding author: Anne Vitale, MSN, APRN, BC, 1708 Waterberry Court, Toms River, NJ 08755 (e-mail:

The author thanks Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Doctoral Chairperson, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa, and Priscilla O' Connor, PhD, APRN, BC, Independent Research Consultants, for their mentorship and scholarship in preparing this article.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.