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Impact of Healing Touch With Healing Harp on Inpatient Acute Care Pain: A Retrospective Analysis

Lincoln, Valerie PhD, RN, AHN-BC; Nowak, Emily Witrak PhD, RN, CNE; Schommer, Barb RN, CHTP; Briggs, Tami MPH, CHP; Fehrer, Amy MPH; Wax, Gary RN, MPH, CPHQ

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000023

This study examined the concomitant use of 2 complementary and alternative medicine modalities, Healing Harp and Healing Touch, to reduce pain, anxiety, and nausea in the postoperative patient population. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of using concomitant Healing Touch and Healing Harp to significantly reduce moderate to severe pain and anxiety in this patient population. Further research is warranted.

Integrative Services Department, Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury, Minnesota (Drs Lincoln and Nowak and Mss Schommer and Briggs); Musical Reflections Inc, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Ms Briggs); HealthEast Care System, Woodbury, Minnesota (Ms Fehrer), Quality Measurement Reporting, HealthEast Care System, Woodbury, Minnesota (Ms Wax).

Correspondence: Valerie Lincoln, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Integrative Services Department, Woodwinds Health Campus, 1925 Woodwinds Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125 ( or Emily Witrak Nowak, PhD, RN, St Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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