Experiences With a Distant Reiki Intervention During the COVID-19 Pandemic Using the Science of Unitary Human Beings Framework

Author: Jennifer DiBenedetto1
1 Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Conference/Journal: ANS Adv Nurs Sci
Date published: 2022 Oct-Dec
Other: Volume ID: 45 , Issue ID: 4 , Pages: E145-E160 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000441. , Word Count: 100

An increasing number of individuals are reporting increased stress and anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. A feasibility, mixed-method design was conducted to investigate distant Reiki as a virtual healing modality within Rogers' framework of the Science of Unitary Human Beings. Data were collected using pre- and post-distant Reiki session interviews and 2 surveys. Study findings demonstrated changes in participant pattern manifestation and statistically significant reductions in perceived stress and anxiety (P < .001). The preliminary findings support the feasibility of distant Reiki and suggest that nurses, who are Reiki practitioners, may influence the human-environmental field to foster healing.

PMID: 36308730 DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000441