Reiki for Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy in a Brazilian Hospital: A Pilot Study

Holist Nurs Pract. May-Jun 2016;30(3):174-82. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000146.

Abstract

The purpose of this pilot study was to explore whether individualized Reiki given to cancer patients at a Brazilian hospital improved symptoms and well-being. Data from 36 patients who received 5 Reiki sessions were collected using the MYMOP and were compared before and after their treatment and also with 14 patients who did not receive Reiki and who acted as a comparison group. Twenty-one patients reported feeling better, 12 felt worse, and 3 reported no change. Of the comparison group, 6 patients reported feeling better and 8 felt worse. The Reiki practice delivered as part of the integrative care in oncology did produce clinically significant effects, although not statistically significant results, for more than half of the patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Brazil
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Measurement
  • Pilot Projects
  • Therapeutic Touch*

Substances

  • Antineoplastic Agents