WHAT WE DID

We evaluated the impact of religious adherence on wellbeing in self-identified Christian diabetic patients.1

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Diabetic patients were surveyed (see Table 1):

  • Personal wellbeing
  • Religious adherence

These questions assessed a patient’s seriousness in practicing their faith based on Biblical principles and knowledge [Bible: Acts 2:42, 47; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:4-5].

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WHAT WE FOUND

299 patients completed the survey:

  • As shown in Table 1, generally high wellbeing and religious adherence scores were found.
  • When comparing wellbeing scores to religious adherence scores, there was a statistical difference in wellbeing based on the frequency of each activity (P<0.001, Table 2).

The more frequently a religious activity was performed the better wellbeing!

Table 2: Example of mean scores for wellbeing questions based on responses to religious adherence questions

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Score based on 7 point scale (0 being no agreement and 6 being high agreement)

  • If a respondent indicated they actively sought God as shown on multiple religious adherence questions there was progressive wellbeing (P<0.001, Table 3).

The more one seeks God based on biblical principles, the better the wellbeing!

Table 3: Increased wellbeing related to religious adherence

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Score based on 7 point scale (0 being no agreement and 6 being high agreement)

WHAT IT MEANS

The more a patient sought to know and seek God based on biblical principles, the greater their wellbeing!

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

Increasing your religious knowledge and practicing your biblical faith can help your happiness levels… even in times of illness.

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1. Dehning DO, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC. Does religious adherence help diabetic patients’ well-being? J Christian Nurs 2013;30:e1-11.

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