A Randomised Controlled Trial of the Effects of Healing Touch on the Health of Community-Dwelling Women

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243199
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Randomised Controlled Trial of the Effects of Healing Touch on the Health of Community-Dwelling Women
Author(s):
Wicking, Kristin
Author Details:
Wicking, Kristin, MSN, kristin.wicking@jcu.edu.au;
Abstract:
Purpose: To explore the effect of a series of  seven weekly sessions of Healing Touch on the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive health status of older women who live alone in the community.

Both government and the health care industry are keenly aware of the burgeoning older adult population in Australia and globally, who are at risk for functional decline and its resultant decrease in quality of life and potential requirement for placement in residential aged care.  Older women who live alone are at particular risk for placement in aged care facilities due to functional decline and low social support, with many also experiencing touch deprivation.  A series of weekly sessions of the complementary therapy of Healing Touch provided in their own homes is theorised to assist them in managing and optimising their current health status, as well as providing them with a source of healthy touch and social connection.

Methods: Prospective, longitudinal time series randomised controlled trial with data collection Pre-intervention, Post-intervention and at Follow-up 6 months post-intervention by a Research Assistant unaware of group allocation (single blinded RCT).

Results: Data collection and entry concluded mid-Nov 2011, with descriptive statistical analysis indicating adequate randomisation into treatment and placebo groups with similar baseline demographic characteristics.  Participants' mean age was 75.7 years, with 96.6% reporting an income of less than AUS $30,000 per year and 84.9% having an educational level of Year 12 or less.

Conclusion: Finding ways to support older adults to maintain their functional independence and achieve the goal of healthy ageing in their own home setting is a research priority.  Healing Touch is a non-invasive, low cost, low risk adjunctive therapy which, if able to support healthy ageing, can be used as a supportive intervention for community-dwelling older adults before functional decline results in residential care placement.

Keywords:
older; complementary; women
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Randomised Controlled Trial of the Effects of Healing Touch on the Health of Community-Dwelling Womenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWicking, Kristinen_GB
dc.author.detailsWicking, Kristin, MSN, kristin.wicking@jcu.edu.au;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243199-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b> To explore the effect of a series of&nbsp; seven weekly sessions of Healing Touch on the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive health status of older women who live alone in the community. <p>Both government and the health care industry are keenly aware of the burgeoning older adult population in Australia and globally, who are at risk for functional decline and its resultant decrease in quality of life and potential requirement for placement in residential aged care.&nbsp; Older women who live alone are at particular risk for placement in aged care facilities due to functional decline and low social support, with many also experiencing touch deprivation.&nbsp; A series of weekly sessions of the complementary therapy of Healing Touch provided in their own homes is theorised to assist them in managing and optimising their current health status, as well as providing them with a source of healthy touch and social connection. <p><b>Methods: </b> Prospective, longitudinal time series randomised controlled trial with data collection Pre-intervention, Post-intervention and at Follow-up 6 months post-intervention by a Research Assistant unaware of group allocation (single blinded RCT). <p><b>Results: </b> Data collection and entry concluded mid-Nov 2011, with descriptive statistical analysis indicating adequate randomisation into treatment and placebo groups with similar baseline demographic characteristics.&nbsp; Participants' mean age was 75.7 years, with 96.6% reporting an income of less than AUS $30,000 per year and 84.9% having an educational level of Year 12 or less. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> Finding ways to support older adults to maintain their functional independence and achieve the goal of healthy ageing in their own home setting is a research priority.&nbsp; Healing Touch is a non-invasive, low cost, low risk adjunctive therapy which, if able to support healthy ageing, can be used as a supportive intervention for community-dwelling older adults before functional decline results in residential care placement.en_GB
dc.subjectolderen_GB
dc.subjectcomplementaryen_GB
dc.subjectwomenen_GB
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:18:53Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:18:53Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen_GB
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