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I am pre-nursing student, what does PICO stand for? I can't imagine writing a paper about it unless it was to argue any use of it should be with disclaimers about the fact science has never backed it up. I read a lot of peer-reviewed studies and I have never seen one that showed Reiki was any better than placebo. Is it really common in hospitals now? I really hope that isn't true.
Here is an example of a typical study I see, I hope at some point the money goes into researching something else:
Reiki is a form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). Meaning that it can be used in conjunction with, or in place of other more traditional western medicine. It is often practiced by those of foreign cultures and those who believe in a more holistic approach to health. No, it is not widely used by hospitals, but many do have Reiki practicioners available for those who wish to utilize them. Why would it need a disclaimer? I'm sure you know that there are also western medical techniques that do not work for every patient. Some patient have pain that is not relieved by morphine, but it is relieved by another medication. I don't offer my patient's morphine with a written disclaimer that it might not work for them. Reiki is in no way a dangerous or risky therapy. If a patient wants to try it, they should be supported, not criticized because it isn't "science based" or told that it's no better than a sugar pill.
There are studies available that show that Reiki can be effective at reducing pain or anxiety in certain populations. There are also people that swear by it. As nurses, we do follow evidence based practice for most of our interventions, but there are times when alternative interventions are actually more effective, especially if the patient requests those interventions.
I can see that, as a pre-nursing student, you don't have a lot of experience with alternative therapies and, like many Americans, believe that western medicine is superior. In nursing school
, you will learn about a lot of different CAMs, such as accupressure, imagery, herbs, chinese medicine, etc. You will also care for people from a variety of cultures who might not have the same beliefs about medicine that you do. I'm sure that after you attend school, you'll have more respect for these alternative therapies and the people that practice them.