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Abstract Title:

Effects of Reiki on anxiety, depression, pain, and physiological factors in community-dwelling older adults.

Abstract Source:

Res Gerontol Nurs. 2010 Jul ;3(3):187-99. Epub 2010 Jun 30. PMID: 20635803

Abstract Author(s):

Nancy E Richeson, Judith A Spross, Katherine Lutz, Cheng Peng

Article Affiliation:

Nancy E Richeson

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of Reiki as an alternative and complementary approach to treating community-dwelling older adults who experience pain, depression, and/or anxiety. Participants (N = 20) were randomly assigned to either an experimental or wait list control group. The pre- and posttest measures included the Hamilton Anxiety Scale, Geriatric Depression Scale-Short Form, Faces Pain Scale, and heart rate and blood pressure. The research design included an experimental component to examine changes in these measures and a descriptive component (semi-structured interview) to elicit information about the experience of having Reiki treatments. Significant differences were observed between the experimental and treatment groups on measures of pain, depression, and anxiety; no changes in heart rate and blood pressure were noted. Content analysis of treatment notes and interviews revealed five broad categories of responses: Relaxation; Improved Physical Symptoms, Mood, and Well-Being; Curiosity and a Desire to Learn More; Enhanced Self-Care; and Sensory and Cognitive Responses to Reiki.

Study Type : Human Study

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