Abstract

Associated with health care reform, there has been a growing interest among healthcare professionals regarding use of energy-based therapies as a complementary therapeutic intervention. The purpose of this integrative literature review was to examine the impact of energy-based therapies (i.e. healing touch, reiki, therapeutic touch) on patients’ postoperative recovery. The methodology included identifying appropriate peer-reviewed, English-language research articles on the topic area that were published between 2006 to 2018. Following a search in select data bases, articles focusing on the topic were critiqued, analyzed and synthesized by the researcher. Consistent and inconsistent findings along with gaps in the literature are noted. In general, the research supported positive postoperative recovery outcomes when energy-based therapies were included along with standard postoperative nursing care. This theses highlights implication for nursing practice, education, and policy and identifies study limitations. Given that research is limited on this topic area, additional studies are needed to establish supporting evidence to ascertain the effects of energy-based therapies when used as a complementary postoperative intervention.

Thesis Completion

2018

Semester

Summer

Thesis Chair

Bushy, Angeline

Co-Chair

D'Amato-Kubiet, Leslee

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

College

College of Nursing

Department

Nursing

Location

UCF Daytona Beach

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

2-1-2019

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