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Therapeutic touch with preterm infants: composing a treatment.

The aim of this research was to explore the nature of Therapeutic Touch (TT) with preterm infants as described by Therapeutic Touch Practitioners and develop a TT treatment for preterm infants. The focus of the majority of TT literature for the past 30 years has been on the use of TT with adults. Little is known about the use of TT with preterm infants.

Narrative inquiry and descriptive methods were used to discover knowledge about the use of TT with preterm infants. Rogers' Science of Unitary Human Beings, Als' Synactive Model, and Krieger's Therapeutic Touch provided the theoretical framework for the research design and the analysis and interpretation of narrative data. Therapeutic Touch practitioners, with varying levels of experience using TT with preterm infants, participated in the study and provided multiple, in-depth narratives regarding their use of TT. Narrative analysis revealed seven essential elements of Therapeutic Touch, four ethical dimensions of practice, and three global themes: Therapeutic Touch as a relational narrative, Therapeutic Touch as improvisation, and the relational ethics of Therapeutic Touch. Study findings support the need for future research to test and evaluate "FT treatment with preterm infants as a science based practice.
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Author:Hanley, Mary Anne
Publication:Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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