• healing touch;
  • biofield therapy;
  • energy therapy;
  • alternative healing;
  • complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

Purpose:To review studies of healing touch and its implications for practice and research.

Design:A review of the literature from published works, abstracts from conference proceedings, theses, and dissertations was conducted to synthesize information on healing touch. Works available until June 2003 were referenced.

Methods:The studies were categorized by target of interventions and outcomes were evaluated.

Findings and Conclusions:Over 30 studies have been conducted with healing touch as the independent variable. Although no generalizable results were found, a foundation exists for further research to test its benefits.