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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Energy therapies in oncology nursing.

Semin Oncol Nurs. 2012 Feb;28(1):55-63. Energy therapies in oncology nursing. Coakley AB, Barron AM. Abstract OBJECTIVES: To review the published research related to the interventions of Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and Healing Touch representing energy therapies in relation to oncology nursing. DATA SOURCES: Peer-reviewed literature. CONCLUSION: There is growing evidence that energy therapies have a positive effect on symptoms associated with cancer. While there is need for further research, it is clear that an appreciation for the value of research methods beyond the randomized control trial is important. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Energy therapies offer additional strategies for oncology nurses providing integrated nursing care to alleviate suffering and symptom distress of patients with cancer.