It has been repeatedly shown that religiousness and spirituality have positive effects on quality of life (QoL) and outcome in ALS patients. There are, however, very few data on the impact of religiousness/spirituality on ALS caregivers. We determined the impact of religiousness on caregivers and its correlation with quality of life, depression and anxiety. A total of 75 consecutive ALS patients and their informal caregivers were interviewed using tests evaluating religiousness, depression, anxiety, quality of life and satisfaction with life. Results showed that there was a signifi cant correlation between patients and caregivers ’ public and total religiousness. Caregivers ’ private religiousness was related to their age and education level, while their public religiousness was related only to their education level. Caregivers ’ quality of life was related to their private religiousness and satisfaction with life with their total religiousness. We conclude that religiousness is positively associated with ALS caregivers ’ quality of life and satisfaction with life, in a measure similar to that observed in ALS patients. Health care professionals caring for ALS patients should consider that the needs of the caregivers include religious/spiritual concerns.

Religiousness is positively associated with quality of life of ALS caregivers

CALVO, Andrea;MOGLIA, CRISTINA;ILARDI, ANTONIO;CAMMAROSANO, Stefania;Canosa A;MASTRO, Enza;MONTUSCHI, ANNA;CHIO', Adriano
2011-01-01

Abstract

It has been repeatedly shown that religiousness and spirituality have positive effects on quality of life (QoL) and outcome in ALS patients. There are, however, very few data on the impact of religiousness/spirituality on ALS caregivers. We determined the impact of religiousness on caregivers and its correlation with quality of life, depression and anxiety. A total of 75 consecutive ALS patients and their informal caregivers were interviewed using tests evaluating religiousness, depression, anxiety, quality of life and satisfaction with life. Results showed that there was a signifi cant correlation between patients and caregivers ’ public and total religiousness. Caregivers ’ private religiousness was related to their age and education level, while their public religiousness was related only to their education level. Caregivers ’ quality of life was related to their private religiousness and satisfaction with life with their total religiousness. We conclude that religiousness is positively associated with ALS caregivers ’ quality of life and satisfaction with life, in a measure similar to that observed in ALS patients. Health care professionals caring for ALS patients should consider that the needs of the caregivers include religious/spiritual concerns.
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Calvo A; Moglia C; Ilardi A; Cammarosano S; Gallo S; Canosa A; Mastro E; Montuschi A; Chiò A
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