The Relationship between Frequency of Prayer and Death Anxiety in Cancer Patients

Authors

  • Negar Ranjbar Hajabadi1 , Roya Ebrahimi1 , Sakine Farhadi2 , Hojjati Hamid3 , Mahboubeh Tabrsa4

Keywords:

Prayer frequency, Death anxiety, Cancer.

Abstract

Introduction: Cancer is a chronic and fatal disease. In advanced stages of cancer when patients notice their

impending death, they become increasingly afraid of death. Meanwhile, having faith and resorting to prayer

act as non-medical treatment and palliative care. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between

praying and anxiety of death in cancer patients.

Method: This descriptive- correlation study was conducted on 96 cancer patients who had been referred

to the Food and Drug Administration of Golestan province in Iran to receive agonist drugs. Templar and

Marioliga’s standard questionnaire was used as data collection tool. Data were analyzed by logistic regression

test.

Results: Pearson’s correlation test showed a significant but reverse relationship between prayer and death

anxiety (P<0.2, r=-0.24), so that with increase in prayer, death anxiety reduced.

Conclusion: According to chronic nature of cancer and prolong treatment that it acquires, non

pharmacological methods such as religion can be effective in improving mental health and reducing anxiety

of dying patients.

Author Biography

Negar Ranjbar Hajabadi1 , Roya Ebrahimi1 , Sakine Farhadi2 , Hojjati Hamid3 , Mahboubeh Tabrsa4

1Research Scholar, Department of nursing, Urmia Branch, Islamic Azad University, Urmia, Iran, 2Research

Scholar, 3 Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Aliabad Katoul Branch, Islamic Azad University, Aliabad

Katoul, Iran, 4Instructor Young Researchers and Elite Club, Aliabad Katoul Branch, Islamic Azad University,

Aliabad Katoul, Iran

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Negar Ranjbar Hajabadi1 , Roya Ebrahimi1 , Sakine Farhadi2 , Hojjati Hamid3 , Mahboubeh Tabrsa4. (2020). The Relationship between Frequency of Prayer and Death Anxiety in Cancer Patients. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 2163-2167. Retrieved from http://medicopublication.com/index.php/ijfmt/article/view/10748