Effectiveness of prayer in reducing anxiety in cancer patients

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Objective: To evaluate the effect of prayer on anxiety in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Method: Quasi-experimental study, with pre and post-intervention. Twenty patients admitted to treatment of continuous intravenous chemotherapy were recruited. The volunteers were evaluated through interviews using a questionnaire of sociodemographic, clinical and spiritual characteristics, the Index of Religiosity Duke University and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Vital signs were measured and collected salivary cortisol. The intervention was applied prayer and data collection occurred in three phases: first collection (baseline), pre and post-intervention. Results: The data found between the pre and post-intervention samples showed different statistically significant for state anxiety (p= <0.00), blood pressure (systolic, p=0.00, diastolic, p=<0.00) and respiratory rate (p=0.04). Conclusion: Prayer, therefore, proved to be an effective strategy in reducing the anxiety of the patient undergoing chemotherapy.




Carvalho, C. C., Chaves, E. de C. L., Iunes, D. H., Simão, T. P., Grasselli, C. da S. M., & Braga, C. G. (2014). Effectiveness of prayer in reducing anxiety in cancer patients. Revista Da Escola de Enfermagem, 48(4), 684–690. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420140000400016

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