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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 59

of 'Overview of spirituality in palliative care'

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Is there a correlation between spirituality and anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer?
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McCoubrie RC, Davies AN
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Support Care Cancer. 2006 Apr;14(4):379-85. Epub 2005 Nov 10.
 
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To establish whether there is a correlation between spirituality and anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with a diagnosis of cancer at St. Peter's day hospice in Bristol were asked to complete three questionnaires to assess anxiety, depression and spirituality. Informed consent was obtained. Anxiety and depression are indicated by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale score, and spirituality is indicated by scores on the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (SWBS) and the Royal Free Interview for Spiritual and Religious Beliefs. As will be explained, religion and spirituality are generally recognised as having different meanings--religion entailing a relationship with a higher being, while spirituality can be thought of in terms of meaning and purpose in life.
RESULTS: Eighty-five complete data sets were obtained. A significant negative correlation was found between both anxiety and depression scores and overall spiritual well-being scores (p<0.0001). When the SWBS subscale scores were analysed individually,a significant negative correlation was found between the existential well-being scores and the anxiety and depression scores (p<0.001). However, no correlation was found between the religious well-being scores and anxiety or depression.
CONCLUSIONS: This study found a significant negative correlation between spirituality (in particular, the existential aspect) and anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer. Religious well-being and strength of belief had no impact on psychological well-being in this study.
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Department of Palliative Medicine, Elgar House, Southmead Hospital, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 5NB, UK. rc.mccoubrie@virgin.net
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