The application of Reiki in nurses diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome has beneficial effects on concentration of salivary IgA and blood pressure

Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. Sep-Oct 2011;19(5):1132-8. doi: 10.1590/s0104-11692011000500010.
[Article in En, Portuguese, Spanish]

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the immediate effects of the secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), α-amylase activity and blood pressure levels after the application of a Reiki session in nurses with Burnout Syndrome. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover design was conducted to compare the immediate effects of Reiki versus control intervention (Hand-off sham intervention) in nurses with Burnout Syndrome. Sample was composed of eighteen nurses (aged 34-56 years) with burnout syndrome. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either a Reiki treatment or a placebo (sham Reiki) treatment, according to the established order in two different days. The ANOVA showed a significant interaction time x intervention for diastolic blood pressure (F=4.92, P=0.04) and sIgA concentration (F=4.71, P=0.04). A Reiki session can produce an immediate and statistically significant improvement in sIgA concentration and diastolic blood pressure in nurses with Burnout Syndrome.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure
  • Burnout, Professional / blood
  • Burnout, Professional / physiopathology
  • Burnout, Professional / therapy*
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin A, Secretory / blood
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing*
  • Therapeutic Touch*
  • alpha-Amylases / blood

Substances

  • Immunoglobulin A, Secretory
  • alpha-Amylases