Pain, Anxiety, & Reiki (Studies in 2014)
Updated: Aug 26, 2018
Findings by Susan Thrane, RN, MSN, OCN and Susan M. Cohen, PhD, APRN, FAAN
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Research in Cancer Survivorship, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Susan Thrane and Susan M. Cohen review scientific journal articles published on the effect of reiki on alleviating pain and anxiety adults. The authors use a statistical validation technique (measuring Cohen's d) to determine whether the studies show with statistical significance that reiki was effective. The benefit of quantifying the statistical significance of medical impact in this way is to show that the results generated are measurably different from one another (called "statistical significance"). In randomized trials, results may vary to a degree in which measurable difference is not determinable, unless further mathematical design is used, such as Cohen's d. This test of significance is appropriate insofar as testing whether the means (the average) of two studies are mathematically different from one another.
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