A new construct: mindful procedural touch

Authors

  • Carmelina D'Arro Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1748-6994

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v9i1.314

Keywords:

Mindfulness, Mindful touch

Abstract

Traditionally, touch in health care has been classified as either functional or expressive. Yet, this nomenclature denies the reality that all touch is expressive, and touch that is purely functional may express objectification. The dilemma lies in expressing care while respecting patient boundaries, especially during intimate touch. Mindfulness offers a solution to this dilemma. Mindful touch—being present to the sensations of touch while connecting to an intention of care—allows the health care professional to convey care during functional touch while enjoying the benefits of person to person connection.

Author Biography

Carmelina D'Arro, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE

Staff Dentist

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Published

2022-01-20

How to Cite

D’Arro, C. (2022). A new construct: mindful procedural touch. The International Journal of Whole Person Care, 9(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v9i1.314