Healing Touch & Healthcare
Healthcare facilities, hospitals, hospices, nursing and medical schools,, and allied health professions throughout the world are increasingly embracing Integrative Medicine therapies as consumer demand multiplies and as research is showing beginning support for its use.
The popular demand for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies was demonstrated by the 1997 National Household Survey which showed the total visit to CAM providers (629 million) exceeded the total number of visits to all primary care physicians (386 million) in the United States in 1997. The 2002 Veteran Affairs (VA) CAM report showed that 84% of facilities provide some form of CAM. Today, Healing Touch is frequently considered by hospitals and other health care facilities that are pursuing the introduction of CAM therapies.
Healing Touch skills are becoming increasingly validated in health care systems around the world. Research studies demonstrate that there is support for considering Healing Touch for providing integrative care and that patients evaluate it highly. It is actively being used in many healthcare facilities and hospitals across the country. Hospitals that support the practice of Healing Touch as part of the integrative healthcare system have found that it facilitates the return of compassion to the forefront of patient care.