Background/Aim: Self-efficacy for coping with cancer plays a critical role in influencing psychological cancerrelated outcomes, some studies suggested its role in enhancing or reducing the effects of psychological interventions in cancer patientS. Reiki has recently been included among the efficacious complementary therapeutic intervention for cancer patientS. Patients and Methods: The present study evaluated the role of self-efficacy for coping with cancer as buffer of the Reiki treatment effects on cancer-related symptoms in a randomized controlled trial (intervention versus control group) of breast cancer patients (N=110) during the pre-surgery phase. Results: Results showed that self-efficacy for coping with cancer can influence the effect of a Reiki treatment. Higher efficacious patients showed a more powerful effect of the Reiki intervention on both anxiety and mood than the low efficacious patientS. Conclusion: From a practical perspective, the study provides insightful results for healthcare professionalS.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research