Spiritual Support in Advanced Heart Failure : A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Study

Jackie Miles, Linda Ross, Paul Jarvis, Sara Pickett

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

23 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


Heart failure is a complex, progressive disease with an uncertain trajectory. Those with advanced heart failure (AHF) experience substantial spiritual needs. Spiritual interventions may enhance quality of life and reduce anxiety and depression, but studies are limited and none have focused exclusively on the AHF patient population.

Originality: This is the first feasibility randomized controlled trial (RCT) to ascertain the clinical and cost effectiveness of a spiritual intervention (spiritual support) in AHF patients.

Method: 47 AHF patients randomised to control (standard care, n=25) or intervention (standard care plus spiritual support, n=22) groups. Spiritual support consisted of a 1-hour discussion facilitated by trained volunteers using a ‘Spiritual Enquiry Tool’ at 2 monthly intervals over 6 months. Participants completed validated measures of spiritual wellbeing, depression/anxiety and health related quality of life (QoL). Purpose designed questionnaires gathered information on demographics, NHS resource use, confounding factors and satisfaction with spiritual support.

Significance: New information to help researchers design a RCT to determine the clinical and cost effectiveness of spiritual support within a holistic model of care for AHF patients.

Trends worthy of further investigation:
-possible positive effect of spiritual support on QoL and anxiety
-possible lower NHS resource use and cost savings in patients receiving spiritual support.

Key message: Researchers must weigh up if the cost of running a well-designed trial of this nature is justified in the current economic climate where funding bodies are looking for value for money.

Key Words: Heart failure; spirituality; spiritual support; spiritual interventions; randomized controlled trial.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)191–215
Nifer y tudalennau25
CyfnodolynHealth and Social Care Chaplaincy
Rhif cyhoeddi2
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar14 Awst 2020
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 1 Maw 2021

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