[beliefs] Re: charges of plagiarism

From: Linda Rosa ([email protected])
Date: Fri Sep 10 1999 - 10:56:23 MST

John Stone wrote:

> what is a "sham" TT treatment ... did the testor
>or the patient know it was "sham" ... if so the test was not blinded and
>is not
>worth much either way.

Sham TT treatment usually consists of an "non-knowledgeable" person waving
hands a la TT while counting backwards from 100 by 7's. In the UAB study,
a panel observed TT and sham treatments to see if there was any visible
difference between them. The practice of using sham TT in experiments was
largely discredited before the UAB research. (When sham TT results have
shown no difference with the "real thing," TT proponent like to claim the
sham nurses unknowingly tapped into their inate abilities to deliver
healing energy.) That UAB employed sham TT indicates, in part, the DOD's
poor quality review of this grant.

For the rest, it's probably best to refer first to the published paper:

"The effects of therapeutic touch on pain and anxiety in burn patients" by
Turner, et al

J. of Advanced Nursing, 1998, 28:(1), 10-20

-- Linda Rosa

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