Effectiveness of Laying-on-of-hands for Sickle Cell Disease
The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of 1-year administration of laying-on-of-hands on the morbidity and mortality of patients with sickle cell disease in Africa.
Sickle Cell Disease
Pain Crisis Recurrent
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Effectiveness of Laying-on-of-hands for Patients With Sickle Cell Disease in Africa|
- disease-related episodes and mortality [ Time Frame: 3 years and 9 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- blood data [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
|Study Start Date:||March 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Patients of this arm received laying-on-of-hands twice a day (45 minutes each) every weekday for 1year, and received conventional medical treatment if necessary.
The intervention group received laying-on-of-hands every weekday for 1 year along with conventional medicine. The control group did not undergo any alternatives to OPT.
No Intervention: control group
Patients of this arm did not receive any alternatives other than conventional treatment.
Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) have a high risk of premature death in Africa, mainly due to insufficient medical services. SCD patients often visit emergency department and need hospitalization when they suffer from severe pain; however, they manage most of painful episodes at home. Appropriate pain management at home is, therefore, crucial to improve their clinical course and quality of life. Laying-on-of-hands may be a good candidate for home care management, because family member(s) can become a practitioner of laying-on-of-hands without difficulty and administer it to their loved one as an initial treatment whenever necessary. There are no reports concerning the effectiveness of laying-on-of-hands for the outcomes of SCD patients, as far as we have investigated.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01518218
|Congo, The Democratic Republic of the|
|The national medical center for sickle cell disease|
|Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the|
|Study Director:||Kodondi K Koto, MD, PhD||The Institute of Scientific Research for Health, Kinshasa|