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coaching, college health centers, college students, comfort theory, Healing Touch, stress



  1. Dowd, Therese PhD, RN, CHTP
  2. Kolcaba, Katharine PhD, RN, C
  3. Steiner, Richard PhD, MPH
  4. Fashinpaur, Diane MSN, CNP, CHTP


Three nursing interventions to increase total comfort and reduce stress-related events in young college students experiencing stress were compared. Healing Touch, coaching, and a combination of both, were compared to a waitlist. On comfort and stress, Healing Touch had better immediate results, while coaching had better carryover effects.