The effect of Reiki on pain and anxiety in women with abdominal hysterectomies: a quasi-experimental pilot study.
Vitale AT, O'Connor PC.
Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ, USA. annern2ARROBAgmail.com
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.