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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165709
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Reiki Treatments for People Living With Cancer
Author(s):
Bossi, Larraine
Author Details:
Larraine Bossi, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Abstract:
Background: Reiki is a healing method that uses "laying on of hands" in a precise method that connects the universal energy with the body's innate power to heal. The goal of a Reiki treatment is to restore the harmonious balance of mind, body, and spirit. Reiki has been used with both adult and pediatric populations to achieve improved quality of life. Published reports describe the benefits of Reiki, including improvement in post-surgery pain. Program: Reiki treatments have been integrated into the care of cancer patients at our institution, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. Patients, who receive both standard and experimental cancer therapies, are generally self-referred for the Reiki and pay out-of-pocket. Attending physicians are notified about the scheduled treatments, allowing for dialogue with the Reiki practitioner. The treatment sessions take place in private clinic rooms and last 45-60 minutes, which differ from shorter, more impromptu Reiki treatments that may be offered during routine nursing care. Often these treatments are scheduled just before or after scheduled radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a procedure. Description of the Reiki treatments, patient symptoms, and functional level are documented in the medical record. Evaluation: Between November 2000 and July 2001, 82+ Reiki sessions were provided. Women utilized this service more than men (93% versus 7%), and most referrals (over 80%) were for symptom management. There were no reported side effects from any Reiki treatments. However there were many benefits that were voiced and documented: decreased pain and increased mobility with peripheral neuropathy; improved sleep patterns; and decreased anxiety about treatment options, helping with decision-making. Patients reported immediate results as well as some changes noticed hours after treatment. A formalized evaluation tool was implemented in August 2001 to provide additional descriptive data about the Reiki treatments. Discussion: Reiki is safe and appears to provide symptom relief in many cancer patients. Many cancer patients are seeking out this alternative treatment that can be easily learned by oncology nurses and readily integrated into their practice. Reiki is another tool for oncology nurses to use as they care for and comfort cancer patients.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReiki Treatments for People Living With Canceren_GB
dc.contributor.authorBossi, Larraineen_US
dc.author.detailsLarraine Bossi, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165709-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Reiki is a healing method that uses "laying on of hands" in a precise method that connects the universal energy with the body's innate power to heal. The goal of a Reiki treatment is to restore the harmonious balance of mind, body, and spirit. Reiki has been used with both adult and pediatric populations to achieve improved quality of life. Published reports describe the benefits of Reiki, including improvement in post-surgery pain. Program: Reiki treatments have been integrated into the care of cancer patients at our institution, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. Patients, who receive both standard and experimental cancer therapies, are generally self-referred for the Reiki and pay out-of-pocket. Attending physicians are notified about the scheduled treatments, allowing for dialogue with the Reiki practitioner. The treatment sessions take place in private clinic rooms and last 45-60 minutes, which differ from shorter, more impromptu Reiki treatments that may be offered during routine nursing care. Often these treatments are scheduled just before or after scheduled radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a procedure. Description of the Reiki treatments, patient symptoms, and functional level are documented in the medical record. Evaluation: Between November 2000 and July 2001, 82+ Reiki sessions were provided. Women utilized this service more than men (93% versus 7%), and most referrals (over 80%) were for symptom management. There were no reported side effects from any Reiki treatments. However there were many benefits that were voiced and documented: decreased pain and increased mobility with peripheral neuropathy; improved sleep patterns; and decreased anxiety about treatment options, helping with decision-making. Patients reported immediate results as well as some changes noticed hours after treatment. A formalized evaluation tool was implemented in August 2001 to provide additional descriptive data about the Reiki treatments. Discussion: Reiki is safe and appears to provide symptom relief in many cancer patients. Many cancer patients are seeking out this alternative treatment that can be easily learned by oncology nurses and readily integrated into their practice. Reiki is another tool for oncology nurses to use as they care for and comfort cancer patients.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:23:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:23:31Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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