An esthetic hermeneutical-phenomenological clinical study on 6 women and 2 men with heart failure, ranging in age from 41-83 years, was conducted for the purpose of exploring the meaning of the lived experience of receiving Therapeutic Touch. Participants received four weekly Therapeutic Touch treatments from a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner (QTTP). At the completion of the four treatments, the researcher conducted a 1- to 2-hour face-to-face interview with each participant. The interviews were open-ended and began with one primary question, "What has your experience of receiving Therapeutic Touch been like?" Each participant took the lead in the interview, allowing it to unfold naturally. Transcripts of each interview and individual themes were created and then reviewed by each participant for confirmation.
Analysis of the data revealed 7 metathemes with 13 thematic foundations: "My Heart is Open" (openness, willingness to help others); "Silence is Golden" (relaxation, relief, rest); "Those Were the Days" (my special place, treasured memories); "Living Slow" (loss, courage); "The Breath Goes On" (continuance); "I Am Person, Hear Me Roar" (courage, empowerment); and "My Heart is Not Failing" (willingness to help others, hope, living). The metaphor, "One Day at a Time," emerged from the stories of these people living with heart failure. A unity of meaning of the experience of receiving Therapeutic Touch was revealed. The theory of meaning, "Giving Voice to My Story ... Discovering Hope for My Today," was revealed through a reflective process.
Within this caring inquiry, the movement of hermeneutical-phenomenological theorizing to a theory of meaning is represented in an art form. "Lotus Dance" gives form to the experience as a process that is both dynamic and interactive. The essence of the meaning of lived experience of receiving Therapeutic Touch for these people living with heart failure is discovering hope through telling their story.
|School:||Union Institute and University|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-B 69/05, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Heart failure, Palliative care, Therapeutic touch|
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