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Increasing Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes with Human Touch

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 29th, 2015

Handholding and providing spoken information correlate with reduced patient anxiety, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

patient satisfaction nurse touchFor patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty under local anesthesia, Bong-Hee Kim, R.N., from Chosun University in Gwangju, South Korea, and colleagues conducted a study to examine the effects of handholding and spoken information.

The researchers found that those patients whose hands were held had lower psychological anxiety and significant decreases in systolic blood pressure.

Nurses have known this since the beginning of time. We know the value of high tech AND high touch.

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