Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Fall 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Nursing

Advisor(s)

Merle Mast

Amy Graham

Steven Keffer

Abstract

Life expectancies and survival rates of adults with cancer in the United States have significantly increased in recent history, primarily due to advancements in technology and early detection. More people are living longer with cancer and it has evolved to a complex, chronic illness. Although progress is being made in the treatment of cancer, pain and other symptoms related to the disease and its treatment are poorly managed by conventional care (Chapman, 2012; Deng, 2005). The use of complementary and alternative therapies is becoming increasingly popular in this population, in addition to conventional treatment from their primary providers. Healing Touch is a part of the biofield therapies and a growing body of literature is showing that it may be beneficial in the relief of pain and other symptoms related to cancer. The aim of this project is to review and evaluate sources of evidence supporting the effectiveness of healing touch as a complementary therapy in cancer care. Implications of the evidence and recommendations for the integration of Healing Touch with standard nursing care for cancer patients will be explored.

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