Intervention Review

Therapeutic touch for anxiety disorders

  1. Jacqueline Robinson1,*,
  2. Francis C Biley2,
  3. Helen Dolk3

Editorial Group: Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group

Published Online: 18 JUL 2007

Assessed as up-to-date: 22 MAY 2007

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006240.pub2


How to Cite

Robinson J, Biley FC, Dolk H. Therapeutic touch for anxiety disorders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD006240. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006240.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Ulster, School of Nursing, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 2

    Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK

  3. 3

    University of Ulster, School of Nursing, Newtonabbey, Co.Antrim. N.Ireland, UK

*Jacqueline Robinson, School of Nursing, University of Ulster, University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 7JL, UK. J.Robinson@ulster.ac.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 18 JUL 2007

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Abstract

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  3. Plain language summary
  4. 摘要

Background

Anxiety disorders are a common occurrence in today's society. There is interest from the community in the use of complementary therapies for anxiety disorders. This review examined the currently available evidence supporting the use of therapeutic touch in treating anxiety disorders.

Objectives

To examine the efficacy and adverse effects of therapeutic touch for anxiety disorders.

Search methods

We searched the Cochrane Collaboration Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Controlled Trials Registers (CCDANCTR-Studies and CCDANCTR-References) (search date 13/01/06), the Controlled Trials website and Dissertation Abstracts International. Searches of reference lists of retrieved papers were also carried out and experts in the field were contacted.

Selection criteria

Inclusion criteria included all published and unpublished randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing therapeutic touch with sham (mimic) TT, pharmacological therapy, psychological treatment, other treatment or no treatment /waiting list.The participants included adults with an anxiety disorder defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV),the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), validated diagnostic instruments, or other validated clinician or self-report instruments.

Data collection and analysis

Two review authors independently applied inclusion criteria. Further information was sought from trialists where papers contained insufficant information to make a decision about eligibility.

Main results

No randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials of therapeutic touch for anxiety disorders were identified.

Authors' conclusions

Given the high prevalence of anxiety disorders and the current paucity of evidence on therapeutic touch in this population, there is a need for well conducted randomised controlled trials to examine the effectiveness of therapeutic touch for anxiety disorders.

 

Plain language summary

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  2. Abstract
  3. Plain language summary
  4. 摘要

Therapeutic touch for anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are a common occurrence in the general population and have considerable impact on quality of life. This review aimed to assess the effectiveness of therapeutic touch on anxiety disorders. However no randomised controlled trials investigating the effects of therapeutic touch for anxiety disorders were identified, and highlights the need for high quality randomised controlled trials on this topic.

 

摘要

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. Plain language summary
  4. 摘要

背景

對於焦慮性疾患使用治療性碰觸治療

在現今的社會當中,焦慮疾患是相當常見的。對於焦慮性疾患,一般常會使用補充療法來處理。本篇回顧檢視現今支持使用治療性碰觸來治療焦慮性疾患的相關證據。

目標

檢驗使用治療性碰觸處理焦慮性疾患的效果與副作用

搜尋策略

我們尋找Cochrane Collaboration Depression, Anxietyand Neurosis Controlled Trials Registers (CCDANCTRStudies and CCDANCTRReferences)(搜尋日期06年1月13日),Controlled Trials website and Dissertation Abstracts International。選出的論文的參考文獻也會去搜尋,同時也會接觸該領域的專家。

選擇標準

納入所有比較治療性碰觸與假裝碰觸治療、藥物治療、心理治療、其他治療,或未治療/等候治療的隨機及準隨機對照試驗的文章,不論發表的或未發表的。受試者需為成人且符合DSMIV、國際疾病分類準則(ICD10)、有效度的診斷性工具或其他有效的醫師評估或自陳工具等診斷焦慮性疾患的標準。

資料收集與分析

由2位作者獨立回顧上述符合標準的資料。如果文章的資訊不夠充分,無法決定是否符合標準,則會進一步從試驗研究群找尋更多的訊息。

主要結論

沒有找到以治療性碰觸治療焦慮性疾患的隨機或準隨機對照試驗。

作者結論

焦慮性疾患的發生率高同時又缺乏有關碰觸性治療的療效證據,因此未來有需要好的隨機對照試驗來檢視這種治療的有效性。

翻譯人

本摘要由彰化基督教醫院陳美貴翻譯。

此翻譯計畫由臺灣國家衛生研究院(National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan)統籌。

總結

在一般人口中,焦慮症是常見的疾病,會衝擊到個人的生活品質。本文目的在評估治療性碰觸對於焦慮性疾患的有效性。然而,目前找不到這方面相關的隨機對照試驗,因此,設計良好且高品質的隨機對照試驗變得極為重要。