Safety/Effectiveness Study of a Single Session of Laying-on-of-hands in Various Settings in Japan (SELH)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 16, 2011
Last Update Posted : March 16, 2011
Information provided by:
MOA Health Science Foundation

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine the symptomatic changes after a single session of laying-on-of-hands in various settings, and to evaluate optimal conditions for the outcomes.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Signs and Symptoms Physical Disorders Personal Satisfaction Procedure: Okada Purifying Therapy

Detailed Description:
Laying-on-of-hands is applied in many different situations; however, most reports published previously described its efficacy in a clinical setting, with its administration conducted by a few expert practitioners. This study aimed to determine the symptomatic changes after a single session of the Okada Purifying Therapy, a form of laying-on-of-hands, in various settings, and to analyze factors influencing the outcomes.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 44587 participants
Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: A Large Cross-sectional Study of Laying-on-of-hands in Japan: Who Responds to it and What Facilitates the Response?
Study Start Date : February 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2007

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
44,587 Japanese volunteers with/without illness, who were interested in receiving laying-on-of-hands
Procedure: Okada Purifying Therapy
Each participant received a single session of Okada Purifying Therapy lasting 30 minutes or longer, administered by a voluntary certified practitioner.
Other Names:
  • laying-on-of-hands
  • biofield therapy
  • Therapeutic touch

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Severity of various symptoms [ Time Frame: Baseline and immediately after a single intervention ]
    Participants self-evaluated the severity of various symptoms before and after the intervention, and determined whether their symptoms got better, worsened, or did not change.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Adjusted odds ratios of the factors influencing the outcomes [ Time Frame: in 1 year ]
    After collecting all the eligible data, to be clarified are such personal variables as demographic attributes associated with the tendency to respond, and factors that facilitate such responses.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Any Japanese people who were interested in receiving laying-on-of-hands

Inclusion Criteria:

  • able to receive laying-on-of-hands for 30 minutes or longer from the investigators
  • able to self-evaluate the change of their symptoms
  • competent to answer the Japanese questionnaires
  • aged 16 years or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • those who did not match the inclusion criteria

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01316029

MOA Health Science Foundation
Tokyo, Japan, 108-0074
Sponsors and Collaborators
MOA Health Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Kiyoshi Suzuki, MD, PhD MOA Health Science Foundation

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Yukio Yagisawa, MOA Health Science Foundaiton Identifier: NCT01316029     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MHS-001
First Posted: March 16, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 16, 2011
Last Verified: January 2007

Keywords provided by MOA Health Science Foundation:
Therapeutic touch
cross-sectional study
healing environment
safety and effectiveness
optimal condition for the intervention

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms