Research into energy work has progressed significantly since it first began, to the point where there are now over 15,000 peer reviewed and published journal articles on energy work across the world. This means that there are enough studies to constitute the beginnings of an evidence base. Unfortunately this in no way means that the need for research into energy work has diminished, but rather that it will need to become more focused. As an individual reads through some of those 15,000 articles, a few issues become apparent. Paramount among these is the need for reporting standards specific to this field of research. Many of the articles are missing key information about the types of practitioners utilized, including the types of modalities used, the lineage, the number of years the individual had practiced, and many other factors which could impact the level of competence of the practitioner. In addition, a lack of clear information on whether practitioners were limited to study participants or were also allowed to work on family members, study team members, hospital staff (if relevant) become especially in the significantly in the many different situations required during a research study.