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Roja Garimella, Harold G Koenig, David L Larson, Charles Scott Hultman
Burn treatment has grown increasingly advanced and technologically capable. Clinicians must take into account, however, multidimensional patient needs that factor into long-term burn recovery. Important psychosocial factors associated with burn care include psychiatric comorbidities, such as anxiety and depression, healthy family relationships, social support, and community involvement. Spiritual factors and resources, such as time spent praying and/or meditating and access to pastoral services, are also important to consider...
October 2017: Clinics in Plastic Surgery
Adam Burke, Chun Nok Lam, Barbara Stussman, Hui Yang
BACKGROUND: Despite a growing body of scientific literature exploring the nature of meditation there is limited information on the characteristics of individuals who use it. This is particularly true of comparative studies examining prevalence and predictors of use of various forms of meditation. METHODS: A secondary analysis was conducted using data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (n = 34,525). Three popular forms of meditation were compared-mantra, mindfulness, and spiritual-to determine lifetime and 12-month use related to key sociodemographic, health behavior, health status, and healthcare access variables...
June 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Agnes Ebotabe Arrey, Johan Bilsen, Patrick Lacor, Reginald Deschepper
Spirituality/religion serves important roles in coping, survival and maintaining overall wellbeing within African cultures and communities, especially when diagnosed with a chronic disease like HIV/AIDS that can have a profound effect on physical and mental health. However, spirituality/religion can be problematic to some patients and cause caregiving difficulties. The objective of this paper was to examine the role of spirituality/religion as a source of strength, resilience and wellbeing among sub-Saharan African (SSA) migrant women with HIV/AIDS...
2016: PloS One
Vincent R Starnino
OBJECTIVE: Studies have identified spirituality to be a helpful resource for dealing with various types of trauma experiences. This coincides with a heightened focus on the role of spirituality within trauma-related theory (e.g., spiritual coping, meaning-making, and posttraumatic growth). Little remains known, however, about the relationship between trauma and spirituality among people with severe psychiatric disorders. Meanwhile, a high percentage of those with psychiatric disabilities are known to have trauma histories, whereas a majority self-identify as spiritual and/or religious...
May 2016: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
Alka Goyal, Sushma Bhatnagar
Unrelieved neuropathic pain continues to be a substantial health problem in a cancer patient arises either due to disease itself or its treatment. Review of literature showed that neuropathic pain has high prevalence rate, greater severity and analgesic requirement with worse quality of life. Underreporting by patient and under treatment by physician is an important causative factor of indefinite persistence of neuropathic pain. Careful history taking, elaborated physical examination, patient's self report and diagnostic tools with high sensitivity and specificity are needed for accurate assessment of neuropathic pain...
January 2014: Annals of Palliative Medicine
P A Mandziuk
Chronic pain is noted as a growing problem among Americans, often misunderstood and untreated. Frequently, a spiritual crisis accompanies the condition. Pastoral caregivers have a unique role in bringing to bear the expertise of their profession as well as the traditions of prayer and meditation to contribute to the easing of the person's suffering. Pastoral attending can be a key component for relational support and coping with the pain. A brief case study highlights the effectiveness of using the skills of pastoral care for holistic care of the person...
March 1993: Journal of Religion and Health
Sara E Pollard, Joshua N Hook, M Deborah Corley, Jennifer P Schneider
This online survey examined the support resources used by partners of sex addicts. Partners (N = 92) answered questions about which sources of support they found most useful, relationship functioning, and demographic and background variables. Partners rated therapists, spirituality, support groups, and friends as most useful; and the mate, their children, and their other family members as least useful. Participants indicated that they used intrapersonal religious/spiritual activities (e.g., prayer and meditation) more than interpersonal religious/spiritual activities (e...
2014: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, George Fitchett, Kathleen M Hovey, Eliezer Schnall, Cynthia Thomson, Christopher A Andrews, Sybil Crawford, Mary Jo O'Sullivan, Stephen Post, Rowan T Chlebowski, Judith Ockene
PURPOSE: Spirituality has been associated with better cardiac autonomic balance, but its association with cardiovascular risk is not well studied. We examined whether more frequent private spiritual activity was associated with reduced cardiovascular risk in postmenopausal women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. METHODS: Frequency of private spiritual activity (prayer, Bible reading, and meditation) was self-reported at year 5 of follow-up...
May 2013: Annals of Epidemiology
Mehulkumar K Kanadiya, Guy Klein, Jay H Shubrook
CONTEXT: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has grown into a huge health care industry in the United States, with 91.5 million people (38% of adults) using CAM in 2007. Given the increase in CAM use and the need for CAM education for health professionals, it is important to understand the baseline attitudes and beliefs of osteopathic medical students regarding CAM, as well as the factors that may have formed them. OBJECTIVES: (1) To determine osteopathic medical students' use of different CAM modalities...
July 2012: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Guido Miccinesi, Tullio Proserpio, Maria Adelaide Pessi, Alice Maruelli, Andrea Bonacchi, Claudia Borreani, Carla Ripamonti
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Spiritual life can be defined as the search for personal contact with the transcendent. Careful assessment of spiritual life can help to value its importance to cancer patients from the moment of their diagnosis. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study. Two hundred fifty-seven patients undergoing cancer treatment filled in the validated Italian version of the Systems of Belief Inventory (SBI-15R). Patients were also asked to attribute themselves to one of the following, mutually exclusive categories: believer and churchgoer, believer but no churchgoer, and non-believer...
January 2012: Tumori
Richard Harvey
Reviews the book, Whole person healthcare, Volumes 1, 2, & 3 by I. A. Serlin, M. A. DiCowden, K. Rockefeller, S. Brown, J. Sonke-Henderson, R. Brandman, and J. Graham-Pole (2007). With the more-than-1,000-page tour de force titled Whole Person Healthcare, Ilene Serlin, current president of the San Francisco Psychological Association, has purposefully edited a three-volume series aimed at humanizing the fields of psychotherapy and health care. Throughout the series, all of the authors carry the message that integrative treatment strategies in psychotherapy and health care are more valuable than reductionist "treat the symptom rather than the person" approaches as a way to humanize patient-client interaction...
June 2009: Psychotherapy
Samuel Snyder
Fly fishers around the world frequently use terms such as religious, spiritual, sacred, divine, ritual, meditation, and conversion to describe their personal angling experiences. Further, drawing upon religious terminology, anglers will refer to rivers as their church and to nature as sacred. Often these latter pronouncements drive a concern for the conservation of these sacred spaces as evidenced by participation in both local and national conservation organizations. Informed by theoretical perspectives offered by religious studies, particularly "lived religion" and "religion and nature," I shall trace a few of the historical, material, and everyday elements of fly fishers and their subcultures, demonstrating along the way the insights that come by understanding fly fishing as a religious practice, which can, at times, drive an ethic of environmental conservation...
2007: Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Susan L Hillier, Quinette Louw, Linzette Morris, Jeanine Uwimana, Sue Statham
BACKGROUND: Infection with human immunodeficency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficency syndrome (AIDS) is a pandemic that has affected millions of people globally. Although major research and clinical initiatives are addressing prevention and cure strategies, issues of quality of life for survivors have received less attention. Massage therapy is proposed to have a positive effect on quality of life and may also have a positive effect on immune function through stress mediation. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this systematic review was to examine the safety and effectiveness of massage therapy on quality of life, pain and immune system parameters in people living with HIV/AIDS...
2010: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Safiya George Dalmida, Marcia McDonnell Holstad, Colleen Diiorio, Gary Laderman
Spirituality is a resource some HIV-positive women use to cope with HIV, and it also may have positive impact on physical health. This cross-sectional study examined associations of spiritual well-being, with depressive symptoms, and CD4 cell count and percentages among a non-random sample of 129 predominantly African-American HIV-positive women. Significant inverse associations were observed between depressive symptoms and spiritual well-being (r = -.55, p = .0001), and its components, existential well-being (r = -...
March 2009: Women & Health
James B Gould
This essay suggests ways in which spiritual resources--healing stories, psalms of lament and reassurance, rituals, and meditative practices--can be used to foster emotional and spiritual healing for people, such as the adult children of missionaries, who have experienced disrupted relationships with parents during childhood.
2006: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: JPCC
T Anne Richards, Doug Oman, John Hedberg, Carl E Thoresen, Jeanne Bowden
This qualitative study assesses the experience of an intervention that provided spiritually based self-management tools to hospital-based nurses. Drawing on wisdom traditions of the major world religions, the eight point program can be practiced by adherents to any religious faith, or those outside of all traditions. Five of eight program points were perceived as directly useful in improving the nurses' workplace interactions and enhancing fulfillment of compassionate caregiving missions. The findings suggest that this program can be an effective intervention among nurses in dealing with the demands of the healthcare environment and may be a resource for continuing education curricula...
July 2006: Nursing Science Quarterly
M Joy Jacobs-Pilipski, Andrew Winzelberg, Denise E Wilfley, Susan W Bryson, C Barr Taylor
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the spiritual and religious (S/R) beliefs and practices of college-age women at high-risk for eating disorders, and the relationship between body image distress, coping, and S/R. METHOD: Two hundred fifty-five college-age women with elevated weight and shape concerns, assessed using the Weight/Shape Concerns Scale and the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE), completed surveys about their S/R beliefs and practices. RESULTS: Women with strong S/R beliefs and practices cope with body dissatisfaction differently than women without strong S/R beliefs...
December 2005: Eating Behaviors
Liora Birnbaum, Aiton Birnbaum
Spiritual concerns are highly relevant, but often ignored, in psychotherapy in general and in suicide in particular. This article presents Internet data and clinical case material bearing on the topic, and describes an innovative therapeutic intervention administered in a group-workshop format with suicide survivors and mental health professionals. The technique incorporates relaxation and mindfulness meditation, with the addition of guided meditation in search of inner wisdom. Results of the group intervention are described and illustrated...
March 18, 2004: TheScientificWorldJournal
Michael H Cohen
Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies include chiropractic, acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine, massage therapy, and herbal remedies; mind-body therapies (such as meditative practices and visualization); and folk practices and religious healing. Of these, modalities based on spiritual healing create a number of conundrums for the clinician, including legal, regulatory, and ethical issues. Further, the historic relationship between the study of epilepsy and religious experience suggests particular, potential associations between CAM therapies (and especially spiritual healing) and care for epileptic patients...
December 2003: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Yvonne Tatsumura, Gertraud Maskarinec, Dianne M Shumay, Hisako Kakai
CONTEXT: In addition to seeking conventional treatment from physicians, cancer patients will often use religious and spiritual resources (RSR) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Patients' beliefs about the relationships among RSR, CAM, and conventional treatments may reflect belief systems not readily apparent to physicians. OBJECTIVE: 1) Identify the RSR used and explore themes in beliefs regarding RSR, CAM, and conventional treatment. 2) Investigate the nature of the relationships among RSR, CAM, and conventional treatment in the lives of cancer patients...
May 2003: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
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