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Keywords:

  • intimate touch;
  • patient privacy;
  • qualitative research

Although intimate touch is essential to nursing practice, few studies have investigated patients' wishes and how nurses should perform in preserving patient privacy in China. A maximum-variation sample of 18 adults was selected, and semistructured interviews were conducted in two focus groups. Interviews were recorded and transcribed, and thematic analysis was performed. Five themes emerged from the interviews. These findings suggest that nurses should pay more attention to the patient's attitudes, needs and wishes.