Spiritual well-being and quality of life in patients with spinal cord injury: A study from Iran
Objective(#br)To assess the relationship between spiritual well-being and health-related quality of life (QOL) among patients with spinal cord injury (SCI).(#br) Setting(#br)Brain and SCI Research Center, Neuroscience Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.(#br) Methods(#br)This was a cross-sectional study. A sample of patients with SCI participated in the study and completed two questionnaires: the Short-Form 36-Item Health Survey (SF-36) in order to collect data on vitality, social functioning, mental health and role emotional and the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (SWBS) to measure religious and existential well-being. The association between spiritual well-being and health-related QOL was then assessed.(#br) Results(#br)In all 213 patients were studied. The mean age of patients was 43.5 (SD = 10.8) years, and most were male (77.5%). The results obtained from generalized linear regression analysis indicated that religious well-being and existential well-being were significant contributing factors to improved vitality, social functioning, mental health and role emotional.(#br) Conclusion(#br)The findings suggest that having higher levels of spiritual well-being might improve quality of life in people with spinal cord injury.
The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
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