FEATURESThe Effect of Healing Touch on Critical Care Patients' Vital Signs A Pilot StudyDavis, Theresa M. PhD, RN, NE-BC, CHTP, FAAN; Friesen, Mary Ann PhD, RN, CPHQ; Lindgren, Vicki MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS; Golino, Amanda MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS; Jackson, Robin MSN, BSHS, RN-BC, CCRN, CCNS, CHTP; Mangione, Lucrezia MA, NCC, LCPC, CMT, CHTP, CHTI; Swengros, Diane MSN, RN-BC, CHTP; Anderson, Joel G. PhD, CHTP, FGSAAuthor Information Inova enVision eICU, Falls Church, Virginia (Dr Davis); Inova Health System Research, Falls Church, Virginia (Dr Friesen); Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Virginia (Ms Lindgren); Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, Virginia (Ms Golino); Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia (Ms Jackson); Handcrafted Health, LLC, Oxford, Connecticut (Ms Mangione); Inova Nursing Professional Development, Falls Church, Virginia (Ms Swengros); and College of Nursing, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Dr Anderson). Correspondence: Amanda Golino, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Pkwy, Leesburg, VA 20176 ([email protected]). This study was partially funded by a grant from the American Nurses Foundation. The authors thank Karen Hicks, Anna Herbst, Jennifer Kyte, Catherine Williams, Beverly Russo, Barbara McDonnell, and Maria Obeid, the tele-ICU nurses who participated in data collection and data entry, and the hospital-based nurses who administered the Healing Touch intervention. T.M.D. conceptualized the idea, secured funding, codesigned the research study, served as the principal investigator, assisted with HT sessions, and cowrote the manuscript. M.A.F. was the study coordinator, assisted with study design and HT sessions, and cowrote the manuscript. V.L. was the clinical lead on site at the first hospital, created the database template for all of the other hospitals, obtained informed consents from study participants, and coordinated HT sessions. A.G. was the clinical lead at the second hospital, obtained informed consents from study participants, coordinated HT sessions, and maintained the database. R.J. was the clinical lead at the third hospital, coordinated sessions, and maintained the HT database. L.M. provided HT instruction and study-specific training. J.G.A. participated in study design, data analyses and interpretation of the data, and cowrote the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. Mary Ann Friesen, PhD, RN, CPHQ, is on the board of Healing Beyond Borders. Joel G. Anderson, PhD, CHTP, was the president of Healing Beyond Borders. The other authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Holistic Nursing Practice: July/August 2020 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 244-251 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000394 Buy Metrics Abstract To determine the impact of Healing Touch on vital signs, adult intensive care unit patients were recruited from multiple hospital sites. Both pain and agitation improved and there was a significant change in hemodynamics that reflected a calming effect. Healing Touch may be considered a respected addition to symptom management. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.