Diane Wind Wardell, RNC, PhD, Zeta Pi, Associate Professor, University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, School of Nursing; Kathryn F. Weymouth, PhD, Psychotherapist in Private Practice; both in Houston, TX. Correspondence to Dr. Wardell, University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, School of Nursing, 1100 Holcombe Blvd. 5th Floor, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail: Diane.Wardell@uth.tmc.edu
Review of Studies of Healing Touch
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2004
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 147–154, June 2004
How to Cite
Wardell, D. W. and Weymouth, K. F. (2004), Review of Studies of Healing Touch. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 36: 147–154. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2004.04012.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2004
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2004
- Accepted for publication October 24, 2003.
- 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.