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Religious Coping and Perceived Pain

February 26, 2019
Appropriate religious interventions may attenuate chronic low back pain.

A PPM Brief

A recent study1 aimed to determine the effects of religious coping and attachment to God on perceived pain in an elderly population in Ilam, Iran, with chronic low back pain (CLBP). The researchers defined religious coping as an individual’s ability to understand and cope with stress, whereas attachment to God was described as a relatively stable emotional bond formed through continuous communication, requiring interaction, pleasure, and relaxation.

Appropriate religious interventions may attenuate chronic low back pain. (Source: 123RF)

This descriptive cross-sectional study enrolled 300 elderly patients using convenience sampling. Data collection involved demographic characteristics, religious coping questionnaires, attachment to God questionnaires, and a perceived pain intensity questionnaire. Mean scores (standard deviation) for the attachment to God variable was 65.71 (2.65); 20.67 (2.59) for religious coping; 17.20 (6.66) for chronic pain acceptance; and 5.81 (2.65) for perceived pain.

Overall, a positive correlation was found between the intensity of pain and the level of attachment to God and religious coping, suggesting that proper utilization of religious interventions for elderly patients with chronic pain should be included in their care plan. The study authors concluded that this approach may “reduce their pain status in order to help improve their quality of life.”

-Reporting by Cornelius Muntazar

Last updated on: April 1, 2019
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