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Therapeutic Touch for Wrist Fractures in Postmenopausal Women

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: March 9, 2004
Last updated: August 16, 2006
Last verified: August 2006
This study will evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic touch in treating wrist fractures in women past menopause.

Condition Intervention Phase
Osteoporosis Fractures Procedure: Therapeutic Touch Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Therapeutic Touch on Bone Formation in Postmenopausal Women After Wrist Fracture

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 125
Study Start Date: March 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2006
Detailed Description:

In the United States, the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) increased by approximately 25% between 1990 and 1997. The number of visits to CAM practitioners exceeded visits to primary care physicians by about 250 million in 1997. Energy medicine modalities, including therapeutic touch, healing touch, and reiki, are commonly utilized for conditions ranging from headache to cancer, yet understanding of the human energy field and how it may be used in healing is limited. This study will examine the effect of therapeutic touch on fracture healing in postmenopausal women.

Women will be enrolled in the study within one week of a wrist fracture and will receive either therapeutic touch or a sham (placebo) treatment daily for 3 weeks. Assessments will include blood and urine analysis and measures of pain and function in the affected wrist.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criertia:

  • Postmenopausal
  • Wrist fracture within 1 week of study entry
  • Able to travel to research center for daily treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00079521

United States, Connecticut
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, Connecticut, United States, 06030-5215
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Karen M. Prestwood, MD University of Connecticut
  More Information Identifier: NCT00079521     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P20AT000756-01P1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: March 9, 2004
Last Updated: August 16, 2006

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Bone Metabolism
Therapeutic Touch

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Wounds and Injuries
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on September 19, 2017