The Relationship between Spiritual Health and Public Health Aspects among Patients with Breast Cancer


  • Mohammad Moradi-Joo The Relationship between Spiritual Health and Public Health Aspects among Patients with Breast Cancer
  • Towhid Babazadeh Department of Health Education and Promotion, Student Research Committee, Faculty of Health, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
  • Zeynab Honarvar Department of Nursing, Marand Islamic Azad University, Marand, Iran.
  • Sahar Mohabat-Bahar Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.
  • Fatemeh Rahmati-Najarkolaei Health Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Morteza Haghighi Department of Health Education and Promotion, Faculty of Health, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.


Breast cancer, Mental health, Spiritual well-being


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Background and Objective: Spiritual well-being is one of the fundamental concepts in chronic diseases and is considered an important approach to improve public health among individuals. Given the importance of spiritual well-being and its role in the promotion of mental health, the present study was conducted with the aim of evaluating spiritual well-being and mental health in patients with breast cancer who visited a center for cancer control at the University of Medical Sciences.

Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 122 patients with breast cancer in 2015. The data were collected through self-administered 20-item Paloutzian & Ellison’s Spiritual Well-Being Scale and a 28-item questionnaire of mental health after determining their validity and reliability. The collected data were then analyzed using ANOVA and Pearson correlation and linear regression.

Results: The results show that most patients had moderate spiritual health (37.8%), and most of them suffered mild mental health problems. (50 percent). Furthermore, there was a significant relationship between mental health and demographic characteristics (Marital status, education, income, physical activity). There was also a significant relationship between mental health and spiritual health.

Conclusion: According to the findings, to prevent mental suffering among patients with breast cancer, promoting spiritual health of patients should be regarded as one of the priorities of health care professionals.

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