Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations



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Dissertation, Doctoral


Graduate School of Nursing

Dissertation Committee Chair

Donna Perry


Distant Reiki, Stress, Anxiety, Martha Rogers, Science of Unitary Human Beings, Complementary therapies, COVID-19

Subject Categories

Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Mental and Social Health | Nursing


Purpose: The purpose of the study was to explore the use of virtual distant Reiki as a healing modality to influence the human environmental field patterning.

Specific Aims: (1) To determine if it is feasible to recruit and retain participants (through expressions of human choice) to participate in a study comprised of two distant Reiki administrations on a virtual platform. (2) To investigate the preliminary influence of a distant Reiki intervention on pattern of the whole as manifested by participant response in stress and anxiety. (3) To explore the participant’s reflections on their virtual distant Reiki experience within the human environmental field pattern of their home environment as a healing space.

Theoretical Framework: The theoretical framework is grounded in Martha Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings.

Design: This study incorporates a feasibility, mixed method design. Data was collected through pre and post intervention individualized interviews and two tools (State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R)).

Results: Described changed in pattern manifestation supported the need for home-based interventions during covid 19 pandemic. Quantitative response indicated a statistically significant reduction in perceived stress and anxiety (p< 0.001).

Conclusion: The preliminary study findings support the feasibility of a distant Reiki and suggest that nurses, who are Reiki practitioners, may be influential in interacting with the human environmental field to promote change and foster healing.



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