Effect of Healing on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RAhealing)
The hypothesis is that healing may influence the patient's general status by altering psychological as well as other body functions of importance for the rheumatoid arthritis. This is tested in a three group design with a control group and two groups receiving healing with or without a healer present. The study is randomized and double blind.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||Effect of Healing on Rheumatoid Arthritis: a Three-arm Double-blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial|
- DAS28 [ Time Frame: 8 weeks follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Colour Doppler fraction [ Time Frame: 8 weeks follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||September 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
patients receive healing while blindfolded and with hearing protector. The healer is behind a screen and not allowed to speak with the subject.
Healing in our study is given be a healer "no-touch", who just has to be present in the room.
Other Name: "active healing"
Sham Comparator: Sham healing
Same design of room as with the healing, while in this case a student is behind the screen
Other: Sham healing
Sham Healing in our study is given be a student "no-touch", who just has to be present in the room.
Other Name: "placebo healing"
No Intervention: Control
Business as usual in the third arm
The central claim of healers is that this process facilitates self-healing in the patient. Spiritual healing includes several categories, including 'therapeutic touch' and 'intercessory prayer', and the healing may be attributed to God, spirits, universal forces or energies, biological healing energies residing in the healer, or self-healing powers or energies thought to reside latent in the healed organism. The highly controversial hypothesized effects of distant or spiritual healing contradict our traditional sense of reality and are in conflict with what is generally viewed as being in correspondence with modern science.