Therapeutic Touch Study Data

Larry Sarner

When she was nine and ten years old, my daughter Emily Rosa tested a total of 14 TT practitioners 10 times each, and 7 practitioners 20 times each. During the tests, the practitioners rested their forearms and hands, palms up, on a flat surface, approximately 10 to 12 inches apart. Emily then hovered her hand, palm down, a few inches above one of the subject's palms. The practitioners correctly located Emily's hand only 122 (44%) out of 280 trials, which is no better than would be expected by guessing. A score of 50% would be expected through chance alone. There was no correlation between the practitioner's score and length of experience. The results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on April 1, 1998.  

Initial Test Results (C = Correct Choice)

 1

 2

 3

 4

 5

 6

 7

 8

 9

 10

 Correct
Choices

 Years of
Experience

 CMT 1  

 C

     

 C

   

 C

 C

 4

 4

 CMT 2              C     C   C  

 3

 4

 CMT 3

 C

    C     C     C     C   C

 6

 3

 CMT 4

 C

    C            C      

 3

 2

 CMT 5     C   C     C          

 3

 5

 Layperson 1

 C

          C   C       C

 4

 3

 Layperson 2

 C

  C             C   C   C

 5

 6

 LPN     C   C   C     C         C

 5

 6

 Med. Asst.           C     C   C     C

 4

 8

 RN 1     C         C       C  

 3

 17

 RN 2         C         C    

 2

 3

 RN 3

 C

  C       C   C   C     C   C

 7

 15

 RN 4     C     C   C       C   C   C

 6

 12

 RN 5

 C

  C   C     C   C   C   C   C  

 8

 7

 RN 6

 C

  C   C     C     C     C   C

 7

 17

 Totals

 7

 9

 6

 3

 7

 7

 6

 7

 9

 9

 70

 

CMT = Certified massage therapist
LPN = Licensed practical nurse
RN = Registered nurse

Follow-Up Test Results (C = Correct Choice)

 1

 2

 3

 4

 5

 6

 7

 8

 9

 10

 Correct
Choices

 Years of
Experience

 CMT 2  

 C

         

 C

 

 C

 3

 6

 CMT 6  

 C

      C   C        

 3

 5

 CMT 7   C   C   C     C     C      

 5

 12

Chiropractor     C       C       C   C   C

 5

 7

 LPN       C     C       C    

 3

 8

Phlebotomist     C   C     C        C   C  

 5

 27

RN 2   C     C   C   C   C       C   C

 7

 7

 RN 3   C           C     C    

 3

 15

 RN 4     C       C   C   C      

 4

 13

 RN 5   C   C       C     C      

 4

 7

 RN 6   C       C     C       C   C

 5

 23

 RN 7             C        

 1

 8

 RN 8   C   C     C           C   C

 5

 1

 Totals

 6

 8

 4

 8

 6

 3

 5

 5

 5

 53

 

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This article was revised on December 1, 2007.