Distance Healing in Wound Healing

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2003
Last updated: April 4, 2011
Last verified: April 2011

This trial examines the impact of patients' knowledge of an experienced distant healer's efforts to heal them on measures of wound healing, psychosocial functioning, and physiological symptoms after plastic surgery.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Behavioral: Distance healing
Behavioral: Prayer
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Placebo Effects in Distance Healing of Wounds

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Further study details as provided by California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute:

Estimated Enrollment: 116
Study Start Date: November 2003
Study Completion Date: May 2008
Primary Completion Date: May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   34 Years to 64 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women undergoing major plastic surgery (> 2 hours in length)
  • Health status is excellent with no systemic disease, no limitation on activity, no danger of death or disease of one body system, well-controlled underlying disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Remove history of breast or other cancers
  • History of radiation therapy to the abdomen or any radiation within the past three months
  • Non-English speaking
  • Unable or unwilling to fill out questionnaires
  • Current smoker
  • Morbid obesity
  • Circulatory inadequacies (i.e., diabetes, hypovolemia)
  • Nutritional deficits as evidenced by neutropenia (WBC <2500/ml) or hypoalbuminemia (albumin <3.3mmg/dl) / chart review
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00067717

United States, California
Complementary Medicine Research Institute
San Francisco, California, United States, 94115
Sponsors and Collaborators
California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Marilyn J Schlitz, PhD California Pacific Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00067717     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21 AT001437, R21AT001437, SchlitzMJ
Study First Received: August 25, 2003
Last Updated: April 4, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute:
breast reconstruction surgery
distance healing
wound healing

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 29, 2014