The Relationship between Frequency of Prayer and Death Anxiety in Cancer Patients
Keywords:Prayer frequency, Death anxiety, Cancer.
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
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.
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