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Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine

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Effect of Complementary Spiritist Therapy on emotional status, muscle tension, and wellbeing of inpatients with HIV/AIDS: A randomized controlled trial – single–blind

Élida Mara Carneiro
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  • Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro, Committee on Religious and Spiritual Assistance (Care). Spiritist Hospital Chaplaincy Service of Clinic Hospital, MG Uberaba, Brazil
  • Clinics Hospital, Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro, Getúlio Guaritá Street, 330, Uberaba, MG 38025-440, Brazil
  • Medical Spiritist Association of Uberaba, Dr Thomaz Ulhôa Square, 50, Uberaba, MG 38025 050, Brazil
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/ Rafaela Miranda Carneiro Borges
  • University of Uberaba (Uniube). 655, Dos Expedicionários Street, Uberaba, MG 15950 000, Brazil
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/ Helia Morais Nomelini de Assis
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/ Lohanna Gutierrez Bazaga
  • University of Uberaba (Uniube). 655, Dos Expedicionários Street, Uberaba, MG 15950 000, Brazil
  • Medicine, Academic League of Spirituality of Uberaba (Liase) of Uniube, Uberaba, MG, Brazil
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/ Janaíne Machado Tomé
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/ Adriana Paula da Silva
  • Clinics Hospital, Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro, Getúlio Guaritá Street, 330, Uberaba, MG 38025-440, Brazil
  • Medical Spiritist Association of Uberaba, Dr Thomaz Ulhôa Square, 50, Uberaba, MG 38025 050, Brazil
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/ Maria de Fátima Borges
  • Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro, Committee on Religious and Spiritual Assistance (Care). Spiritist Hospital Chaplaincy Service of Clinic Hospital, MG Uberaba, Brazil
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Published Online: 2018-10-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2018-0057

Abstract

Background

Complementary Spiritist Therapy includes prayer, Spiritist “passe”, fluid therapy (fluidic water or magnetized water), and spiritual education, among other therapeutic resources. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of Complementary Spiritist Therapy with conventional treatment on emotional status, muscle tension and wellbeing of hospitalized patients with HIV/AIDS.

Methods

Patients were randomly assigned into either the experimental (3 days [10 mins per day/session] of Complementary Spiritist Therapy alongside conventional treatment; n=20) or control (conventional treatment alone; n=21) group. The primary outcome were positive and negative affects evaluated by the Subjective Wellbeing Scale. The secondary outcome were muscle tension, and wellbeing were assessed by visual analogue scales.

Results

Significant reductions in negative effects (p=0.045), and muscle tension (p=0.022), along with significant increases in wellbeing (p=0.041) were recorded in the experimental group (Complementary Spiritist Therapy).

Conclusions

Reductions in negative effects and muscle tension, along with increased perceived wellbeing, were observed in hospitalized patients with HIV/AIDS exposed Complementary Spiritist Therapy combined conventional treatment compared to conventional treatment alone.

Keywords: biofield therapies; HIV/AIDS; laying on of hands; passe; Spiritism

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About the article

Received: 2018-04-19

Accepted: 2018-07-18

Published Online: 2018-10-12


Author contributions: Carneiro EM: This author contributed to this work as made substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, and interpretation of data; has been involved in drafting the manuscript; and has given final approval of the version to be published. Borges RMC: This author contributed to this work as made contributions in data acquisition and has given final approval of the version to be published. Assis HMN, Bazaga LG, Tomé JM, Silva AP and Borges MF involved in revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content; and has given final approval of the version to be published. All authors approved the final manuscript.All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

Research funding: None declared.

Employment or leadership: None declared.

Honorarium: None declared.

Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.


Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 20180057, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2018-0057.

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