The Use of Reiki for Patients With Advanced AIDS

This study has been completed.
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00032721
First received: March 29, 2002
Last updated: August 17, 2006
Last verified: July 2006

March 29, 2002
August 17, 2006
March 2002
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The Use of Reiki for Patients With Advanced AIDS
The Use of Reiki for Patients With Advanced AIDS

This study will investigate the use of Reiki, an energy-based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention, as an approach to improve well-being for patients with advanced AIDS, and evaluate its effects on dimensions of well-being and quality of life.

This study will investigate the use of Reiki, an energy-based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention, as an approach to improve well being for patients with advanced AIDS, and evaluate its effects on dimensions of well being and quality of life. The study is a two-group comparison between participants receiving Reiki plus usual medical care (treatment) and participants receiving usual medical care only (control).

One hundred and forty-six patients with advanced AIDS will be enrolled and randomized into the two groups. Patients in the intervention (Reiki) group will receive a total of three one-hour Reiki sessions over a period of 6 weeks. Participants in both the intervention and control groups will be assessed at two times during the study period using repeated measures. We will investigate and compare changes in participants' anxiety, depression, pain, quality of life, and spiritual well being at the end of the intervention period. This is the first part of a longer-term research agenda to examine the use and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicines for patients with advanced disease. We plan to examine one clinical context in which Reiki is currently provided. It is important to design studies that respect both the context of care and the practitioner-client relationship-elements essential to an understanding of the philosophy and delivery of CAM such as Reiki, and at the same time endeavor to outline a systematic approach to the study of CAM.

Interventional
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • HIV Infections
Procedure: Reiki; Subtle energy therapy
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Completed
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Inclusion criteria:

  • Diagnosis of advanced AIDS, defined as: CD4 count of less than 200 during the past 12 months;
  • On HAART for at least 6 months;
  • Over age 18;
  • Decisionally capable of providing informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not capable of providing informed consent because of psychiatric limitations, e.g. active psychosis.
Both
21 Years and older
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United States
 
NCT00032721
R21 AT001012-01
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
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Principal Investigator: Gala True, PhD Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
July 2006

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