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.
RESULTS AND COMMENTS
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.