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Comparison of a Healing Touch, Coaching, and a Combined Intervention on Comfort and Stress in Younger College Students

Dowd, Therese PhD, RN, CHTP; Kolcaba, Katharine PhD, RN, C; Steiner, Richard PhD, MPH; Fashinpaur, Diane MSN, CNP, CHTP

doi: 10.1097/

Three nursing interventions to increase total comfort and reduce stress-related events in young college students experiencing stress were compared. Healing Touch, coaching, and a combination of both, were compared to a waitlist. On comfort and stress, Healing Touch had better immediate results, while coaching had better carryover effects.

From the College of Nursing (Drs Dowd and Kolcaba), and the Department of Statistics (Dr Steiner), and the University Health Services (Ms Fashinpaur), The University of Akron, Ohio.

Corresponding author: Therese Dowd, PhD, RN, CHTP, College of Nursing, The University of Akron, Mary Gladwin Hall 201P, Akron, OH 44325 (e-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.