Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Faith an important factor for Saudi Arabian breast cancer patients

Date:
September 16, 2013
Source:
RCN Publishing Company
Summary:
A study of Saudi Arabian women’s experiences of breast cancer has found that the women’s faith in Allah was a significant element in their culture and helped them cope with the condition.

A study of Saudi Arabian women's experiences of breast cancer has found that the women's faith in Allah was a significant element in their culture and helped them cope with the condition.

Related Articles


The study involved patients from early, middle and late treatment phases of the disease and found that the women also had unmet communication needs.

Patients in the early phase of treatment appeared to get more detailed information however, they stressed it was important to have information at every stage of treatment.

Doctors were perceived as more authoritative than female nurses, partly because they were Arabic and spoke the patients' language while most complaints were directed at non-Arabic nurses who could sometimes 'lack tact'.

Reporting the study in the journal Cancer Nursing Practice, Howaida Saati said: 'The women's faith fuelled hope that they could be cured. However, they also acknowledged that if Allah chose not to save them then it was his will that they would die from the condition.'

The author added that most women received family support from the time of their diagnosis and throughout treatment and that when nurses and doctors used simple language to convey information, patients reported increased understanding of their condition.

'Findings from this study are encouraging since socioeconomic factors were not highlighted as major issues in deterring women from seeking care. Cultural beliefs, however, appeared to have a strong influence on acceptance of their condition.

'Consideration should be given to interventions that use women's belief in God to help them cope with illness, such as encouraging patients to seek support from religious organisations or communities,' she added.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by RCN Publishing Company. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Howaida Saati. Saudi Arabian women’s experiences of breast cancer treatment. Cancer Nursing Practice, 2013; 12 (7): 34 DOI: 10.7748/cnp2013.09.12.7.34.e920

Cite This Page:

RCN Publishing Company. "Faith an important factor for Saudi Arabian breast cancer patients." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 September 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130916091028.htm>.
RCN Publishing Company. (2013, September 16). Faith an important factor for Saudi Arabian breast cancer patients. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 30, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130916091028.htm
RCN Publishing Company. "Faith an important factor for Saudi Arabian breast cancer patients." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130916091028.htm (accessed January 30, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Friday, January 30, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Oxfam Calls for Massive Aid for Ebola-Hit West Africa

Oxfam Calls for Massive Aid for Ebola-Hit West Africa

AFP (Jan. 29, 2015) Oxfam International has called for a multi-million dollar post-Ebola "Marshall Plan", with financial support given by wealthy countries, to help Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to recover. Duration: 01:10 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Are We Winning The Fight Against Ebola?

Are We Winning The Fight Against Ebola?

Newsy (Jan. 29, 2015) The World Health Organization announced the fight against Ebola has entered its second phase as the number of cases per week has steadily dropped. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Calif. Health Officials Campaign Against E-Cigarettes

Calif. Health Officials Campaign Against E-Cigarettes

Newsy (Jan. 29, 2015) The California Health Department says e-cigarettes are a public health risk for both smokers and those who inhale e-cig smoke secondhand. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Measles Scare Sends 66 Calif. Students Home

Measles Scare Sends 66 Calif. Students Home

AP (Jan. 29, 2015) Officials say 66 students at a Southern California high school have been told to stay home through the end of next week because they may have been exposed to measles and are not vaccinated. (Jan. 29) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins