Non-necessary touch in the nursing care of elderly people

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  • Pirkko Routasalo MNSc RN

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    1. Doctoral candidate and Lecturer, Department of Nursing, University of Turku, Uudenmaantie 43, FIN-20720 Turku, Finland
      Prikko Routasalo Department of Nursing, University of Turku Uudenmaantie 43 FIN 20720 Turku, Finland
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Prikko Routasalo Department of Nursing, University of Turku Uudenmaantie 43 FIN 20720 Turku, Finland

Abstract

This study describes the occurrence of non-necessary touching, defined as spontaneous and emotional physical contact between the nurse and patient, in the nursing care of elderly people in long-term care The analysis was based on observation of nursing situations, any verbal communication occurring in connection with touching was also recorded A total of 182 situations were studied in which 178 non-necessary touches by the nurse and four by the patient were recorded Non-necessary touching was used in connection with a wide range of activities making statements, making requests, waking up, encouraging, explaining, asking, comforting, teasing, telling off, hugging and thanking

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