The Experiences of Prayer in Christian Patients with Breast Cancer

기독교인 유방암 환자의 기도경험

  • 이원희 (연세대학교 간호대학.간호대학 정책연구소) ;
  • 성지현 (국립암센터) ;
  • 이정은 (연세대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 강경아 (삼육대학교 간호대학)
  • Received : 2010.06.20
  • Accepted : 2010.08.02
  • Published : 2010.08.31


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to understand the meaning of prayer in Christian patients with breast cancer. Methods: Data collection and analysis were conducted by the Colaizzi analysis of phenomenological method. Data were collected by in-depth interviewing the participants and by further follow-up observations. Sixteen patients participated in this study. Results: The significant statements (188), formulated meanings (42), themes (38), clusters of theme (10), and categories (5) were emerged. The 5 categories were as follows: communication with God, healing and peace, spiritual growth, distrust in prayer, and method of prayer. Conclusion: Further studies need to consider the period of faith, comparison between christian and other religions, and length of diagnosis. A better understanding of the meaning of prayer will lead to a more comprehensive view of the spiritual care for patients with breast cancer, and can lead to guidelines for assessment and intervention to reduce suffering from cancer.


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