Reiki for Pain During Hemodialysis: A Feasibility and Instrument Evaluation Study




Zins C, Hooke MC, Gross R


J Holist Nurs. 2019 Jun. 37(2):148-162.
doi: 10.1177/0898010118797195. Epub 2018 Aug 31.


A one group, repeated-measures design was used.

15 participants received Reiki for 20 minutes twice a week for 4 weeks.

Pain, fatigue, and depression were evaluated using established symptom scales and PROMIS CAT instruments.


The overall picture deriving from the first steps of the analysis is of a widely used treatment of significant but limited efficacy, devoid of side effects, in no case inferior to placebo or the controls.

Conclusion: Findings suggest Reiki provides symptom relief for individuals receiving hemodialysis, and randomized clinical trials to establish the benefits of Reiki in pain management in this population are warranted.

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