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ISSN: 2167-0897

Journal of Neonatal Biology
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Therapeutic Touch Modalities and Premature Neonate’s Health Outcome: A Literature Review

Manju Chhugani1* and Shilpi Sarkar2
1Principal, Rufaida College of Nursing, Jamia Hamdard, India
2Tutor, Rufaida College of Nursing, Jamia Hamdard, India
Corresponding Author : Dr. Manju Chhugani
Principal, Rufaida College of Nursing
Jamia Hamdard, India
Tel: 9818141401
E-mail: [email protected]
Received February 10, 2014; Accepted June 27, 2014; Published June 29, 2014
Citation: Chhugani M, Sarkar S (2014) Therapeutic Touch Modalities and Premature Neonate’s Health Outcome: A Literature Review. J Neonatal Biol 3:148. doi:10.4172/2167-0897.1000148
Copyright: © 2014 Chhugani M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: In Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the premature infant is often placed under incubator, phototherapy and with several cords and tubing connected all over body. They are subjected both to highly stressful environment (noise, bright light, frequent care related handling) and are often deprived of tactile stimulation that they would otherwise experience in general mothering care. The study explored literatures searching different modalities of giving therapeutic touch and its impact on pre-term infant in NICU. Results: The study explored different modalities of therapeutic touch- Gentle Human Touch, Supporting Holding, Massage technique, tactile stimulation, Tactile-kinesthetic stimulation and Yakson. All identified therapeutic touch modalities had shown several positive outcomes for pre-term neonates in NICU. Conclusion: As a non-invasive technique, therapeutic touch in any of the therapeutic modalities may be construed as providing developmentally appropriate, family centered care to the preterm neonates in NICU.

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