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Therapeutic touch for healing acute wounds

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, September 2016
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Title
Therapeutic touch for healing acute wounds
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Cochrane database of systematic reviews, September 2016
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd002766.pub6
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Dónal P O'Mathúna

Abstract

Therapeutic Touch (TT) is an alternative therapy that has gained popularity over the past two decades for helping wounds to heal. Practitioners enter a meditative state and pass their hands above the patient's body to find and correct any imbalances in the patient's 'life energy' or chi. Scientific instruments have been unable to detect this energy. The effect of TT on wound healing has been expounded in anecdotal publications. To identify and review all relevant data to determine the effects of TT on healing acute wounds. In January 2014, for this fifth update, we searched The Cochrane Wounds Group Specialised Register; The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library); Ovid MEDLINE; Ovid MEDLINE (In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations); Ovid EMBASE; and EBSCO CINAHL. All randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials, which compared the effect of TT with a placebo, another treatment, or no treatment control were considered. Studies which used TT as a stand-alone treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapies, were eligible. One author (DO'M) determined the eligibility for inclusion of all trials in the review. Both authors conducted data extraction and evaluation of trial validity independently. Each trial was assessed using predetermined criteria. No new trials were identified for this update. Four trials in people with experimental wounds were included. The effect of TT on wound healing in these studies was variable. Two trials (n = 44 & 24) demonstrated a significant increase in healing associated with TT, while one trial found significantly worse healing after TT and the other found no significant difference. All trials are at high risk of bias. There is no robust evidence that TT promotes healing of acute wounds.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
Unknown 48 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 7 14%
Student > Postgraduate 5 10%
Researcher 5 10%
Student > Bachelor 5 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 10%
Other 12 24%
Unknown 10 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 14 29%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 22%
Psychology 3 6%
Sports and Recreations 2 4%
Chemistry 1 2%
Other 9 18%
Unknown 9 18%

Attention Score in Context

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#5,233,247
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Outputs from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#7,715
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#94,690
of 277,969 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#193
of 245 outputs
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