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Teaching Culturally Appropriate Therapeutic Touch to Nursing Students in the Sultanate of Oman: Reflections on Observations and Experiences With Muslim Patients

Muliira, Joshua Kanaabi DNP, RN; Muliira, Rhoda Suubi MSc, RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318276fccf

Therapeutic touch (TT) is a valid nursing intervention but some patients feel uncomfortable with it because of personal beliefs. This commentary presents observations and experiences of the use of TT during care of Muslim patients in the Sultanate of Oman. There is need to teach nursing students deliberate steps when considering its use in Muslim patients because they increase acceptability and implementation in a culturally sensitive manner.

Department of Adult Health and Critical Care (Dr Kanaabi Muliira) and Department of Maternal and Child Health (Ms Suubi Muliira), College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.

Correspondence: Rhoda Suubi Muliira, MSc, RN, Department of Maternal and Child Health, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, PO Box 66, AlKhod, Muscat, Oman (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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