An integrative review and meta-analysis of therapeutic touch research
Abbreviated Journal Title
Altern. Ther. Health Med.
Integrative & Complementary Medicine
Objective To perform an integrative research review and meta-analysis of therapeutic touch research. Data Sources Bibliography maintained by the Nurse Healers-Professional Associates International; MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Psylit databases; dissertation and master's theses. Study Selection Thirty-eight research articles were included in the analysis. al dissertations and research articles were analyzed. Data Extraction Data on 32 substantive characteristics of the sample, the therapeutic touch procedure, and the article/dissertation were extracted following Moody's method for an integrative research review. The meta-analysis used studies that reported means and standard deviations of the treatment and control groups. Data Synthesis The research questions were as follows: (1) What are the substantive characteristics of the sample, the therapeutic touch practice, and the article/dissertation in research studies from 1975 to 1997? (2) What does the research demonstrate regarding the efficacy of therapeutic touch as an intervention? (3) Based on the results of the review and meta-analysis, what are the gaps, trends,and outcomes of the therapeutic touch research studies? Conclusions The review demonstrated that there are many approaches to therapeutic touch research, samples are described incompletely, and the therapeutic touch practices var in the studies. Most of the studies supported hypotheses regarding the efficacy of therapeutic touch, though a number had mixed or negative results. A meta-analysis was performed on 13 studies. The average effect size in these studies was .39, which is described as moderate. Gaps, trends, and outcomes were identified and discussed.
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
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