The Use of Reiki for Patients With Advanced AIDS

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
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
  Purpose

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.


Condition Intervention Phase
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV Infections
Procedure: Reiki; Subtle energy therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Use of Reiki for Patients With Advanced AIDS

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Estimated Enrollment: 146
Study Start Date: March 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2003
Detailed Description:

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.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

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.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00032721

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19141
Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19121
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Gala True, PhD Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00032721     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21 AT001012-01
Study First Received: March 29, 2002
Last Updated: August 17, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):
complementary therapies
Alternative medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine
Subtle energy therapy
Reiki
HIV/AIDS

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV Infections
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Slow Virus Diseases
Virus Diseases

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