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The use of touch in developing a therapeutic relationship

By DP Stonehouse

Abstract

The use of touch within health and social care is the focus of this article. The different types of touch will first be defined, before moving on to examine the many benefits that expressive touch can bring to the health and social care role and to developing a supportive therapeutic relationship between the support worker and their patient. Relevant sections of the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013) will be highlighted throughout. The important aspects of communication, compassion and empathy will be explored. Touch is not always appropriate or welcomed by the patient, and the support worker must take into account preferences, cultural needs and beliefs while also gaining consent

Publisher: 'Mark Allen Group'
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.12968/bjha.2017.11.1.15
OAI identifier: oai:usir.salford.ac.uk:46574

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