Navigation Links
Spiritual retreat can lower depression, raise hope in heart patients
Date:8/1/2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Attending a non-denominational spiritual retreat can help patients with severe heart trouble feel less depressed and more hopeful about the future, a University of Michigan Health System study has found.

Heart patients who participated in a four-day retreat that included techniques such as meditation, guided imagery, drumming, journal writing and outdoor activities saw immediate improvement in tests measuring depression and hopefulness. Those improvements persisted at three- and six-month follow-up measurements.

The study was the first randomized clinical trial to demonstrate an intervention that raises hope in patients with acute coronary syndrome, a condition that includes chest pain and heart attack. Previous research has shown that hope and its opposite, hopelessness, have an impact on how patients face uncertain futures.

"The study shows that a spiritual retreat like the Medicine for the Earth program can jumpstart and help to maintain a return to psycho-spiritual well-being," says study lead author Sara Warber, M.D., associate professor of family medicine at the U-M Medical School and director of U-M's Integrative Medicine program. "These types of interventions may be of particular interest to patients who do not want to take antidepressants for the depression symptoms that often accompany coronary heart disease and heart attack."

The findings were published in the July issue of Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing.

The retreat group was compared to two other groups: one received standard cardiac care and the other participated in a lifestyle change retreat run by the U-M Cardiovascular Center that focused on nutrition, physical exercise and stress management.

The spiritual retreat portion of the study was conducted at the Windrise Retreat Center in Metamora, Michigan, about 50 miles north of Detroit. In the Medicine for the Earth program, participants are encouraged to see themselves as part of an interconnected web of life. The approach is founded on the work of co-author Sandra Ingerman, M.A., who wrote the book Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins, which emphasizes principles of love, harmony, beauty, unity and peace.

The study used a number of standard mental and physical benchmarks to assess the success of the program.

The spiritual retreat group went from a baseline score of 12 on the Beck Depression Inventory, indicating mild to moderate depression, to an improved score of 6 immediately afterward, a 50-percent reduction. Their scores remained that low half a year later. The lifestyle group saw their scores drop from 11 to 7 and remain there. The control group's score started at 8 and went down to 6.

Participants also showed marked improvement in their scores on a test measuring hope. Scores on the State Hope Scale can range from 6 to 48, with higher scores indicating greater hope. All three study groups started with average scores between 34 and 36. After the spiritual retreat, participants' average scores rose and stayed at 40 or above, while the other two groups' averages remained significantly lower, ranging from 35 to 38, three and six months later.

"Our work adds an important spiritual voice to the current discussion of the importance of psychological well-being for patients facing serious medical issues, such as acute coronary artery disease," Warber says.


'/>"/>

Contact: Ian Demsky
idemsky@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Spiritual Talks May Boost Patients View of Hospital Care
2. Integrative medicine, spirituality improves outcomes in urban adolescents with asthma
3. Yogas Spiritual Balance May Boost Health
4. Spirituality May Boost Success for Alcoholics Anonymous
5. Relationships hold key to spiritual care
6. World Renowned Humanitarian and Spiritual Leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Brings Timely Message of Peace and Empowerment to Connecticut
7. Youth define spirituality in terms of positive behaviors, connections
8. The ‘Hugging Saint' Amma Visits Dallas June 27-28, 2010, Offering Spiritual Upliftment to People of All Faiths
9. World-Renowned Spiritual Master Panache Desai Brings The Power of Connection™ to More than 20 States Throughout the Remainder of 2010
10. Conference on the study of contemporary spirituality next week at University of Haifa
11. Physical Changes in Brain Linked to Altered Spirituality
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... San Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... and turtlenecks from the daily wardrobe. However, for those self-conscious about a double chin, ... believe they have the ideal solution. , “For most people, a double chin ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Qualidigm , the mission-driven national healthcare ... new, more expansive office space in order to accommodate its growing number of ... building in Wethersfield, Conn. located at 936 Silas Deane Highway and immediately began ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... the Self-Funding Success website has recently developed and published an informational resource that ... was created based on common inquiries the site’s team of third party administrator ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... will be offered by the American Association of Integrative Medicine and available for ... healthcare providers at the AutismOne 2017 Conference in Colorado Springs. , Ed Arranga, ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... With expansion ... Marshallville, Georgia, in early March. , The seed processing plant opened in Marshallville in ... since 2016. The new office allows opportunity for transition of Patten Seed operations to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... TAIPEI, Taiwan , March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... medical device company, is pleased to announce ... Series A investment of Panther Orthopedics, Inc., a ... pioneering innovative dynamic fixation solutions for orthopedic extremity ... market continues to expand rapidly, primarily due to ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Summary This report provides all the ... partnering interests and activities since 2010. Description The Partnering ... into the partnering activity of one of the world,s leading ... prepared upon purchase to ensure inclusion of the most up ... will be delivered in PDF format within 1 working day ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Calif. , March 27, 2017  Cryoport, Inc. ... that it intends to offer shares of common stock ... registration statement on file with the Securities and Exchange ... and other conditions, and there can be no assurance ... completed, or as to the actual size or terms ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: