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Perceived outcomes of spiritual healing: results from a prospective case series


Teut, Michael; Besch, Florian; Witt, Claudia M; Stöckigt, Barbara (2019). Perceived outcomes of spiritual healing: results from a prospective case series. Complementary Medicine Research, 26(4):265-275.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:
The aims of this pilot study were to observe perceived outcomes of spiritual healing in Germany.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
In this prospective case study, we performed qualitative interviews with clients and healers about perceived outcomes of spiritual healing treatments. A directed qualitative content analysis was used. In addition, we applied questionnaires (WHOQOL-BREF, General Self-Efficacy Scale, Sense of Coherence 13, SpREUK-15, intensity of complaints on visual analogue scale) at baseline and after week 1, month 2 and month 6 which were analysed descriptively.
RESULTS:
Seven healers and 7 clients participated, 42 interviews were analysed. In the interviews, the clients described positive body sensations, greater relaxation and well-being as short-term effects of healing treatments. Perceived longer-term effects were related to making significant life changes, creating new meanings, activating resources and improving social relationships. Patients in pain described a reduction of pain intensity. In the questionnaires, the clients reported improvements in quality of life and self-efficacy, to a smaller extent improvements of intensity of complaints and sense of coherence.
CONCLUSION:
The results from this pilot study could be useful to choose outcomes of future prospective studies with a larger sample: qualitative assessments combined with global and broad quantitative outcomes such as quality of life, self-efficacy and intensity of complaints could be applied.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:
The aims of this pilot study were to observe perceived outcomes of spiritual healing in Germany.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
In this prospective case study, we performed qualitative interviews with clients and healers about perceived outcomes of spiritual healing treatments. A directed qualitative content analysis was used. In addition, we applied questionnaires (WHOQOL-BREF, General Self-Efficacy Scale, Sense of Coherence 13, SpREUK-15, intensity of complaints on visual analogue scale) at baseline and after week 1, month 2 and month 6 which were analysed descriptively.
RESULTS:
Seven healers and 7 clients participated, 42 interviews were analysed. In the interviews, the clients described positive body sensations, greater relaxation and well-being as short-term effects of healing treatments. Perceived longer-term effects were related to making significant life changes, creating new meanings, activating resources and improving social relationships. Patients in pain described a reduction of pain intensity. In the questionnaires, the clients reported improvements in quality of life and self-efficacy, to a smaller extent improvements of intensity of complaints and sense of coherence.
CONCLUSION:
The results from this pilot study could be useful to choose outcomes of future prospective studies with a larger sample: qualitative assessments combined with global and broad quantitative outcomes such as quality of life, self-efficacy and intensity of complaints could be applied.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Complementary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Language:English
Date:1 January 2019
Deposited On:23 Oct 2019 12:30
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:30
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:2504-2092
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1159/000496736
PubMed ID:30904903

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