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The Effect of Religious Care by the Clergyman next to the Patients’ Bedside on their Depression and Anxiety

The researchers aimed to set up a religious-based plan and perform it by the presence of a clergy next to the patients’ bedside and determine its effectiveness on decreasing anxiety and depression of hospitalized patients.

 In this randomized controlled clinical trial with control group, 142 hospitalized patients were chosen in the form of random sampling in Nekoui hospital of Qom. They were divided into a test and a control group. Then, the demographic questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale were completed by them. The religious-based plan by the presence of a clergy next to the patients’ bedside was performed in the test group. The two groups were followed after the intervention. All ethical issues were observed in this study and the researchers declared no conflict of interests.

 The presence of special medical teams like responsible clergies who are familiar with health issues and the provision of religious care can decrease patients’ anxiety and depression. The results of this study are in line with the findings of other studies focusing on the effect of spiritual or religious intervention in Iran or other countries. Such a religious intervention can play a significant role in boosting patients’ morale, increasing their readiness to deal with their illness, reducing their woes, and improving their health.


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