Self-efficacy for coping with cancer enhances the effect of reiki treatments during the pre-surgery phase of breast cancer patients

Andrea Chirico, Giuseppe D'aiuto, Antonella Penon, Luca Mallia, Michelino De Laurentiis, Fabio Lucidi, Gerardo Botti, Antonio Giordano

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3657-3665
Number of pages9
JournalAnticancer Research
Volume37
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • CAM
  • Cancer
  • Reiki
  • Self-efficacy
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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