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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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DIAZ-RODRIGUEZ, Lourdes et al. The application of Reiki in nurses diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome  has beneficial effects on concentration of salivary IgA and blood pressure. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.5, pp.1132-1138. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study aimed to investigate the immediate effects of the secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), α-amylase activity and blood pressure levels after the application of a Reiki session in nurses with Burnout Syndrome. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover design was conducted  to compare the immediate effects of Reiki versus control intervention (Hand-off  sham intervention) in nurses with Burnout Syndrome.  Sample was composed of eighteen nurses (aged 34-56 years) with burnout syndrome. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either a Reiki treatment or a placebo (sham Reiki) treatment, according to the established order in two different days. The ANOVA showed a significant interaction  time x intervention for diastolic blood pressure (F=4.92, P=0.04) and sIgA concentration (F=4.71, P=0.04). A Reiki session can produce an immediate and statistically significant improvement in sIgA concentration and diastolic blood pressure in nurses with Burnout Syndrome.

Keywords : Burnout, Professional; Therapeutic Touch; Immunoglobulin A; Blood Pressure; Alpha-Amylases; Nursing.

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