Research Consent and Authorization Form
TITLE: The IONS Discovery Lab: Other Measures
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Helané Wahbeh email@example.com
FUNDED BY: Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Emerald Gate Charitable Trust; Walker Family Foundation
PURPOSE: IONS Discovery Laboratory or IDL (Pronounced “Ideal”) is a long-term research program at the Institute of Noetic Sciences for assessing the outcomes and mechanisms of noetic practices. As part of IDL, we study a variety of different noetic methods. This study is part of that effort. The purpose of the study is to evaluate Reiki and how it works.
PROCEDURES: To be eligible for this study, you need to:
·be an English-speaking adult;
·willing to come to Rohnert Park, California between July 26 and August 6, 2021, for the study;
·have no signs of COVID-19;
·be comfortable receiving a 30-minute Reiki session with 6-8 study staff observing;
·be willing to complete all study activities; and
·currently have a physical injury (e.g., recent sprain, strain, or broken bone), mild cognitive impairment or memory problems, anxiety, or depressive symptoms.
Here are the steps included in this study.
Step One: Review this study summary and consent. You will then be asked screening questions to ensure your eligibility. If you are eligible, the study team will contact you to schedule your 30-minute Reiki session and provide you with directions to your session.
Step Two: 48-hours before your appointment, you will receive an email link to complete another consent and survey online. This survey will take approximately 15-25 minutes to complete. The survey includes various questionnaires about your well-being, creativity, intuition, extraordinary human capacities, and how much you think the Reiki session may help you. You will not be able to have your Reiki session without completing this survey.
Step Three: You will arrive at the DoubleTree in Rohnert Park, California, 15 minutes before your scheduled time and follow the signs to the study room. The study will be cleaned according to COVID guidelines before you arrive, and study staff will follow current masking guidelines. You will complete a form about your current well-being and a checklist of current symptoms you are experiencing. You will then be guided to the treatment room and be introduced to the Reiki Master and staff observers. You will be asked to sit in a reclining chair, close your eyes and relax. After 10 minutes of relaxation, the Reiki session will begin. The Reiki practitioner will place their hands lightly on different parts of your body throughout the 30-minute session. You will then leave the treatment room and complete two more forms: 1) one to write out any of your session experiences, and 2) one where you can check observations on a list you may have had. Your study activities for that day will then be complete. We anticipate the total time for this visit to be one hour.
Step Four: One week later, you will receive a link to another survey. This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. To receive your participant compensation, you must complete this survey. Your participation in the study will then be complete. The total time to participate in this study, including surveys and one visit, is approximately 1 hr 45 min.
ACCESS TO YOUR TEST RESULTS: You will not have direct access to any individual test results.
RISKS: This is a minimal risk study in that it does not include any invasive interventions. Your comfort and safety are of the utmost importance, and protection against risk will occur at many levels. Your participation is strictly voluntary, and you may discontinue the study activities at any time.