Format

Send to

Choose Destination
J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2015 Jan;20(1):20-7. doi: 10.1177/2156587214556313. Epub 2014 Nov 6.

The effects of Reiki therapy and companionship on quality of life, mood, and symptom distress during chemotherapy.

Author information

1
The University of Texas at Arlington, TX, USA.
2
Reiki Spirit and Life, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
3
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
4
The University of Texas at Arlington, TX, USA adougall@uta.edu.

Abstract

This pilot study examined the effects of Reiki therapy and companionship on improvements in quality of life, mood, and symptom distress during chemotherapy. Thirty-six breast cancer patients received usual care, Reiki, or a companion during chemotherapy. First, data were collected from patients receiving usual care. Second, patients were randomized to either receive Reiki or a companion during chemotherapy. Questionnaires assessing quality of life, mood, symptom distress, and Reiki acceptability were completed at baseline and chemotherapy sessions 1, 2, and 4. Reiki was rated relaxing with no side effects. Reiki and companion groups reported improvements in quality of life and mood that were greater than those seen in the usual care group. Interventions during chemotherapy, such as Reiki or companionship, are feasible, acceptable, and may reduce side effects.

KEYWORDS:

Reiki; breast cancer; chemotherapy; companion; quality of life

PMID:
25381189
DOI:
10.1177/2156587214556313
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon
Loading ...
Support Center