Spiritual interventions might be beneficial for patients with cancer

Added June 29, 2020

Citation: Xing L, Guo X, Bai L, Qian J, Chen J. Are spiritual interventions beneficial to patients with cancer?: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials following PRISMA. Medicine. 2018 Aug;97(35):e11948.

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a psychosocial burden on COVID-19 patients. Existing research on spiritual interventions for other conditions, such as cancer, might provide useful information for patients, healthcare providers and policy makers.

In this systematic review and meta-analysis, the authors searched for randomized trials evaluating the effects of spiritual interventions on spiritual and psychological outcomes, and quality of life in patients with cancer. They restricted their searches to articles written in English and the search in January 2018. They included 10 randomised trials (total: 1239 patients), which examined specific interventions (6 studies) or more general spiritual care programmes (4).

What works: Spiritual interventions may improve spiritual well-being, quality of life, depression, anxiety, and a sense of hopelessness for patients with cancer.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What’s uncertain: Nothing noted.

 

Disclaimer: This summary has been written by staff and volunteers of Evidence Aid in order to make the content of the original document accessible to decision makers who are searching for the available evidence on the coronavirus (COVID-19) but may not have the time, initially, to read the original report in full. This summary is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians, other health workers, professional associations, guideline developers, or national governments and international agencies. If readers of this summary think that the evidence that is presented within it is relevant to their decision-making they should refer to the content and details of the original article, and the advice and guidelines offered by other sources of expertise, before making decisions. Evidence Aid cannot be held responsible for any decisions made about the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the basis of this summary alone.

Share