Faith could dampen Post-Stroke Depression (PSD), which may negatively influence recovery. The present pilot study is an initial examination of the role of religion and spirituality on the functional recovery after a recent stroke. Data were analyzed from 112 consecutive stroke inpatients, who underwent a 2-month standard rehabilitation program. All participants received the Royal Free Interview (RFI), a semi-structured interview for religious and spiritual beliefs, and were assessed on their mood with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Functional status was measured by means of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). The relationship between religious beliefs, mood improvements, and functional recovery was explored by means of a multiple linear regression. No association between faith and recovery of functional independence could be verified, neither religiousness as a "coping strategy" was associated with functional recovery in this study. An explorative study of a larger size, which also takes into consideration the cultural background and religious beliefs of all patients, is warranted in the longterm.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine