The use of touch in developing a therapeutic relationship

Stonehouse, DP 2017, 'The use of touch in developing a therapeutic relationship' , British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 11 (1) , pp. 15-17.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
ISSN: 1753-1586
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Depositing User: DP Stonehouse
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 11:03
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:40

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