The Effect of Prayer on Mental Health of Hemodialysis Patients Referring to Imam Reza Hospital in Amol City
Journal of Critical Care Nursing : May 31, 2006, 5 (1); e7045
January 30, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
August 23, 2016
December 30, 2011
S H, Nazari
H. The Effect of Prayer on Mental Health of Hemodialysis Patients Referring to Imam Reza Hospital in Amol City,
Crit Care Nurs J.
Background: Hemodialysis brings about difficulties in individuals’ mental health by causing disorder in the function
and quality of life. Asking for religious help and prayer play a vital role in sickness acceptance and it causes positive
treatment motivation through decreasing mental disorders. Among the important factors which lead to diseases,
psychological problems as well as physical and social complications, one can mention to absurdity and uselessness as
well as mental instability which is resulted from lack of spiritual dimension in peoples’ life. The present research aimed
to review the effect of prayer on mental health of hemodialysis patients referring to Imam Reza Hospital of Amol City
Methods: This experimental study was conducted on 88 people under hemodialysis treatment (44 people as test group
and 44 people as control group). The survey was done in Solomon pattern. “Tavassol Prayer” was played periodically
for the test group for 10 weeks in the mornings for 20 minutes. Then, mental health of both groups was evaluated by the
spiritual health standard questionnaire of Palutzian & Ellison. The results were analyzed by descriptive and inferential
statistics after entering data into statistical Software SPSS16.
Results: The findings showed mental health for the test group was 103 ± 3 as a high level and for the control group as
93 ± 10 in an intermediate level. Two ways ANOVA test showed a significant correlation between mental health of the
test and control groups both in pretest and posttest (p< 0.01). In addition, this test also showed a significant correlation
between the two groups who had only posttest (p< 0.01).
Discussion: According to the results, it can be concluded that prayer is a suitable method to adapt with the disease.
Because, not only it mitigates stress, but also, it improves health spirituality. Since, life approach of these patients is
built on spirituality, it is necessary for physicians and nurses to know the key role of ideological beliefs in the patients’
life. Therefore, it is hoped that with the serious cooperation among the health team members in following the religious
rituals, which are known as religious care today, we may see the effect of these cares and creation of peace feeling as
well as rapid recovery in health condition of these patients.
Prayer, Spiritual Health, Hemodialysi
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