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Holistic Nursing Practice:
doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181f1adef
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The Touchstone Process: An Ongoing Critical Evaluation of Reiki in the Scientific Literature

Baldwin, Ann L. PhD; Vitale, Anne PhD, APN, AHN-BC; Brownell, Elise PhD; Scicinski, Jan PhD; Kearns, Mary PhD; Rand, William

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Abstract

Background: Reiki is used by a growing number of people but little is known about the scientific basis for its use.

Purpose: The Touchstone Process was developed as an ongoing process to systematically analyze published, peer-reviewed studies of Reiki, the results being made accessible to the public online.

Method: Thirteen scientifically qualified experts in the field of Reiki were assembled into 3 teams to retrieve, evaluate, and summarize articles using standardized, piloted evaluation forms.

Results: Summaries of 26 Reiki articles, including strengths and weaknesses, were posted on a newly developed Web site (www.centerforreikiresearch.org), together with an overall summary of the status of Reiki research and guidelines for future research: The Touchstone Process determined that only 12 articles were based on a robust experimental design and utilized well-established outcome parameters. Of these articles, 2 provided no support, 5 provided some support, and 5 demonstrated strong evidence for the use of Reiki as a healing modality.

Conclusion: There is a need for further high-quality studies in this area.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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