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Reiki Reduces Burnout Among Community Mental Health Clinicians

DATE

2015

AUTHORS

Rosada RM, Rubik B, Mainguy B, Plummer J, MehlMadrona L

REFERENCE

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2015; Volume 21: pp489-495
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/a cm.2014.0403

METHODOLOGY

Randomised, blinded, repeated-measure, crossover design with participants receiving Reiki or sham Reiki with randomisation determining which they received first.
Each group received 6 weeks of Reiki treatment and 6 weeks of sham Reiki treatment (given by someone trained in the Reiki hand positions but not attuned and doing mental arithmetic at the time)
The Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI) and the Measure Your Medical Outcome Profile Version 2 (MYMOP-2) [both validated questionnaires] were used as outcome measures. N=45 participants.
References to MYMOP in this paper

RESULTS AND COMMENTS

Reiki was shown to be statistically more effective than sham Reiki at reducing burnout (using MBI questions) and seemed to work better on the second treatment after the sham Reiki. People who had worked longest in mental health had significantly higher improvement rates as it did in single people.
Comment: No indication in the methodology that the power of the study, in terms of sample size was calculated, prior to commencement.

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