Marianjoy Library

Online Nursing Journal Club

March, 2013

Welcome to the online Nursing Journal Club! This month there are 2 articles that will count together for 1 continuing education credit. These articles will be available through March 31.

Reading Assignment:

Article 1
Effects of Therapeutic Touch on Pain, Function and Well Being in Persons with Osteo-arthritis of the Knee: A Pilot Study

Smith AA, Kimmel SR, Milz SA
The Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice


Objective: To determine the effects of therapeutic touch treatments on pain, level of function, and quality of life in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Methods: Persons with osteoarthritis of the knee were enrolled in a single-blinded study and randomized into a control group receiving usual treatment and a treatment group to receive two therapeutic touch treatments a week for eight weeks. Subjects were evaluated at baseline, eight weeks and 12 weeks for pain, function, and quality of life using the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) Short Form (SF36), the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Index (WOMAC) and the Knee Society Score (KSS). Results: Of the 60 subjects enrolled, 48 completed the study. A significant improvement in pain was found between groups in the SF36 between baseline and 8 weeks (p = 0.009). The differences in total physical function between baseline and 8 weeks (p = 0.006) and between baseline and 12 weeks (p = 0.001) were statistically significant in the WOMAC. Pain scores at 8 and 12 weeks improved significantly (p=0.010) in the treatment group compared to the control group in the KSS subscales. Conclusion: Findings in this study indicate that therapeutic touch applied twice a week for eight weeks decreases pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis in the knee. Therapeutic touch does not appear to affect range of motion or stability of the knee as indicated by the examination results of the KSS.
Available full-text

Article 2
Large Clinical Study shows Value of Therapeutic Touch Program
Newshan G, Schuller-Civitella D.
Holistic Nursing Practice. 2003;17(4):189–192


Representing the largest published sample size of therapeutic touch (TT) outcomes to date, data from this continuous quality improvement (CQI) clinical study suggests that TT, when provided in the clinical setting, promotes comfort, calmness, and well-being among hospitalized patients. In addition, patients are highly satisfied with TT. The newly developed Patient Satisfaction Survey and TT Performance Improvement Tool provide an effective means by which to evaluate a TT program.
Available full-text only from the Marianjoy network

The purpose of the online Nursing Journal Club is to facilitate the use of evidence-based practice in providing excellent nursing care.


  1. Define therapeutic touch
  2. Describe therapeutic touch benefits
  3. State the results of the study on pain and therapeutic touch
  4. State how/when therapeutic touch is used

Contact Person: Cindy Bright, E-mail   Phone: 630.909.8027                 
Provide your e-mail address

  • you may use either your personal or Marianjoy e-mail address
  • Article will be e-mailed to you
  • E-mail will be used for discussion

For further information or any questions, please contact Cindy Bright

Sign Up: SIGN-UP by February 28 to receive article by March 1.

Available Credits: 1Contact Hour

Instructions for receiving the credits:

There are 3 parts to earning CE credit for this article. All components must be completed between March 1 and March 31, 2013

  1. 1. After reading the article, there is a short post-test on the Learning Link. To get to the module, open and login to Learning Link, click View course catalog, select Marianjoy, and then enter PRCH4008 to find the March journal module. You must complete the post-test on or before March 31 and score at least 80% correct to earn CE credit.
  2. An evaluation of this learning opportunity is required to obtain the CE credit. A link to the evaluation will be found at the end of the post-test.
  3. As part of the requirements to earn the CE credit, you must participate in a discussion about the articles. This discussion will take place via e-mail. A Nursing Journal Club designee will generate the discussion on March 9. You must respond / participate in the discussion at least 1 time by March 27 to be compliant. Please remember to “Reply to All” from the most recent participant’s comments so all input will be retained within one threaded discussion.

It should take you approximately 1 hour to read the articles, take the quiz and complete the evaluation. 

As a member of the Nursing Journal Club, you will automatically receive subsequent articles on the first of each month. If you would like to cancel your membership at any time, please contact Cindy Bright via e-mail or contact her at 630.909.8027. We will send out a flyer announcing the next article approximately 2 weeks prior to sending it out.

We are excited that you are interested in this new opportunity. We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital- Professional Practice Committee, (OH-387, 9/28/2013) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest(s). This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital has not received any commercial support for this program. There will not be any endorsement of products or discussion of off-lable use.

The Marianjoy Online Nursing Journal Club is a joint effort between the Nursing Department, the Medical Library, and the Research Department







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