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Study: The effect of Reiki on pain and anxiety in women with abdominal hysterectomies

The effect of Reiki on pain and anxiety in women with abdominal hysterectomies: a quasi-experimental pilot study.

Holist Nurs Pract. 2006 Nov-Dec;20(6):263-72; quiz 273-4.

Vitale AT, O’Connor PC.

Source: Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ, USA. annern2@gmail.com

Abstract: The purpose of this pilot study was to compare reports of pain and levels of state anxiety in 2 groups of women after abdominal hysterectomy. A quasi-experimental design was used in which the experimental group (n = 10) received traditional nursing care plus three 30-minute sessions of Reiki, while the control group (n = 12) received traditional nursing care. The results indicated that the experimental group reported less pain and requested fewer analgesics than the control group. Also, the experimental group reported less state anxiety than the control group on discharge at 72 hours postoperation. The authors recommend replication of this study with a similar population, such as women who require nonemergency cesarian section deliveries.

Sourced from www.ncbi.mlm.nih.gov/pubmed/965732

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