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Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and CareISSN: 2325-9639

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Research Article, J Sleep Disor Treat Care Vol: 3 Issue: 2

The Effect of Healing Touch on Sleep Patterns of Pediatric Burn Patients: A Prospective Pilot Study

Lois Cone1*, Michele M Gottschlich2,5, Jane Khoury4, Narong Simakajornboon4 and Richard J Kagan3,5
1Department of Radiology, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Cincinnati, USA
2Department of Research, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Cincinnati, USA
3Department of Surgery, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Cincinnati, USA
4Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA
5Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, USA
Corresponding author : Lois Cone
RT (R), ARRT, CHTP, M.AmSAT, Shriners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA
Tel: 513/872-6104; Fax: 513/872-6105
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: November 11, 2013 Accepted: April 01, 2014 Published: April 03, 2014
Citation: Cone L, Gottschlich MM, Khoury J, Simakajornboon N, Kagan RJ (2014) The Effect of Healing Touch on Sleep Patterns of Pediatric Burn Patients: A Prospective Pilot Study. J Sleep Disor: Treat Care 3:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9639.1000136

Abstract

The Effect of Healing Touch on Sleep Patterns of Pediatric Burn Patients: A Prospective Pilot Study

Objective: Prior experience has demonstrated poor sleep quality during and after hospitalization for thermal injury. Complementary therapies such as healing touch are increasingly utilized in the management of pain, anxiety, wound treatment and sleep disorders; however, the efficacy of healing touch during burn convalescence is unknown. The primary aim of this investigation was to determine if healing touch mediates polysomnographic changes during nocturnal sleep in pediatric burn patients. Methods: Subjects were randomized to one of two groups to determine the order of healing touch treatment night verses no intervention. The study utilized a 2 period crossover design whereby patients served as their own control. Healing touch was performed on one randomly assigned night while soft background music and polysomnography recordings were obtained on both nights for each patient.

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