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The Effect of "Laying on of Hands" in Older Women With Knee Osteoarthritis

2016-09-28 23:08:21 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of chronic degenerative joint disease, as well as the main cause of pain and disability in older persons worldwide. The limited results of physical therapy in OA makes OA patients potential candidates for complementary therapies, such as laying on of hands. The present study aims to investigate the effect of Laying on of Hands on the Pain, Joint Stiffness and Functional Capacity of Elderly Women With Knee Osteoarthritis. This is a randomized controlled trial with three allocation groups: spiritual laying on of hands ("passe espiríta" - Spiritist passe/spiritual healing) (SP), non-spiritual laying on of hands (LH) and Control Group without laying on of hands (CG). All subjects will participate in a 45-minute kinesiotherapy program. After that, groups will be directed to the 5-minute session of laying on of hands according to their groups. During the application of SP, LH and CG, the subjects will remain in a sitting position, blindfolded with dark goggles, and receive the following verbal command: "Relax and calm your mind." The intervention will happen twice a week for eight weeks and a blinded physical therapist will assess the pre and post scores of pain, functionality, joint stiffness (through WOMAC and visual analogic scale), anxiety and depression (HADS), religiosity (DUREL) and spirituality (FACIT Sp12) and quality of life (WHOQOL-Bref), among other secondary outcomes.

Description

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of chronic degenerative joint disease, as well as the main cause of pain and disability in older persons worldwide. The limited results of the medical and physical therapy approach in the OA treatment make patients with such disorder into possible candidates for complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) aiming to obtain a relieve in their symptoms. Given the importance of providing alternative scientific evidence-based, painless and low cost treatments, it is necessary to carry out studies in order to investigate the impact of CAT in culturally accepted contexts, such as laying on of hands with spiritual or non-spiritual contexts. The present study aims to investigate the effect of Laying on of Hands on the Pain, Joint Stiffness and Functional Capacity of Elderly Women With Knee Osteoarthritis. This is a randomized controlled trial with three allocation groups: spiritual laying on of hands ("passe espiríta" - Spiritist passe/spiritual healing) (SP), non-spiritual laying on of hands (LH) and Control Group without laying on of hands (CG). All subjects will participate in a 45-minute kinesiotherapy program. After that, groups will be directed to the 5-minute session of laying on of hands according to their groups. During the application of SP, LH and CG, the subjects will remain in a sitting position, blindfolded with dark goggles, and receive the following verbal command: "Relax and calm your mind." The intervention will happen twice a week for eight weeks and a blinded physical therapist will assess the pre and post scores of pain, functionality, joint stiffness (through WOMAC and visual analogic scale), anxiety and depression (HADS), religiosity (DUREL) and spirituality (FACIT Sp12) and quality of life (WHOQOL-Bref), among other secondary outcomes.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Knee Osteoarthritis

Intervention

Spiritual laying on of hands (SP), Non-spiritual Laying on of Hands, Control group

Location

Juiz de Fora Department of elderly affairs
Juiz de Fora
Minas Gerais
Brazil

Status

Recruiting

Source

Federal University of Juiz de Fora

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-09-28T23:08:21-0400

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