Publications & Reports

The use of mind-body medicine and prayer among adult patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Jacqueline A Richmond, Donald E Jr Bailey, John G McHutchison, Andrew J Muir
Gastroenterology/ Hepatology Research Program, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, North Carolina, USA. Jacqui.Richmond@svhm.org.au

Abstract

The use of mind-body medicine by patients with chronic hepatitis C has not been reported. The prevalence and reasons for using mind-body medicine and prayer among a cohort of patients with chronic hepatitis C are described. Use of mind-body medicine and prayer was investigated as a component of a larger exploratory, descriptive study of the use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with hepatitis C attending a tertiary healthcare facility in the United States. An investigator-designed self-administered questionnaire (n = 149) and semistructured interview (n = 28) were completed by participants. Eighty-eight percent (n = 105) of participants had used mind-body medicine in the past 12 months. The most commonly used therapies were prayer for health reasons (90%), deep breathing (29%), and meditation (29%). Mind-body medicine was most commonly used to relieve tension and promote general well-being. The use of mind-body medicine was widespread among patients with chronic hepatitis C. To provide patient-centered healthcare, health providers need to be aware of the alternative support strategies, including mind-body medicine, used by patients.

Publication

  • Journal: Gastroenterology Nursing
  • Published: 01/05/2010
  • Volume: 33
  • Issue: 3
  • Pagination: 210-216

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