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.


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