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Effect of Prayer on Intensity of Migraine Headache: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Rafiei, Hossein (2017) Effect of Prayer on Intensity of Migraine Headache: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine 22(1).

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Abstract Background and Aim. Migraine is a common form of headache that affects patients quality of life negatively. In addition to pharmacologic treatment, there are a variety of nonpharmacologic treatments for migraine headache. In present study, we examined the effect of prayer on intensity of migraine pain. Methods. In a prospective, randomized, controlled trial from October 2013 to June 2014, this study has been conducted in Kerman, Iran. We randomly assigned 92 patients in 2 groups to receive either 40 mg of propranolol twice a day for 2 month (group ‘‘A’’) or 40 mg of propranolol twice a day for 2 months with prayer (group ‘‘B’’). At the beginning of study and 3 months after intervention, patients’ pain was measured using the visual analogue scale. Results. At the beginning of study and before intervention, the mean score of pain in patients in groups A and B were 5.7 + 1.6 and 6.5 + 1.9, respectively. According to results of independent t test, mean score of pain intensity at the beginning of study were similar between patients in 2 groups ( P > .05). Three month after intervention, mean score of pain intensity decreased in patients in both groups. At this time, the mean scores of pain intensity were 5.4 + 1.1 and 4.2 + 2.3 in patients in groups A and B, respectively. This difference between groups was statistically significant (P < .001). Conclusions. The present study revealed that prayer can be used as a nonpharmacologic pain coping strategy in addition to pharmacologic intervention for this group of patients.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: University Portal > schools > snm
Depositing User: pr Nursing and Midwifery School
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 09:25
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 09:25
URI: http://eprints.qums.ac.ir/id/eprint/6347

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