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An exploratory study of Reiki experiences in women who have cancer

Kirshbaum, Marilynne N., Stead, Maxine and Bartys, Serena (2016). An exploratory study of Reiki experiences in women who have cancer<br />. International Journal of Palliative Nursing,22(4):166-172.

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Title An exploratory study of Reiki experiences in women who have cancer
Author Kirshbaum, Marilynne N.
Stead, Maxine
Bartys, Serena
Journal Name International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Publication Date 2016
Volume Number 22
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1357-6321   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 166
End Page 172
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Mark Allen Group
Abstract Aims: To explore the perceptions and experiences of reiki for women who have cancer and identify outcome measures for an intervention study.

Methods: A cross-sectional qualitative study of 10 women who had received reiki after cancer treatment was conducted. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and coded using framework analysis.

Results: Key themes identified were: limited understanding of reiki prior to receiving any reiki; release of emotional strain during reiki— feelings of a release of energy, a clearing of the mind from cancer, inner peace/relaxation, hope, a sense of being cared for; experience of physical sensations during reiki, such as pain relief and tingling; physical, emotional and cognitive improvements after reiki, such as improved sleep, a sense of calm and peace, reduced depression and improved self-confidence.

Conclusion: Findings suggest that reiki could be a beneficial tool in the self-management of quality of life issues for women who have cancer.
Keywords Reiki
neoplasm
complementary therapy
cancer care
palliative care
wellbeing
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2016.22.4.166   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)


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