Cancer is the fourth most common chronic disease that has a negative effect on patients’ normal life and mental health. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of life skills training with Quranic approach on negative emotions, the quality of life and orientation toward life in patients afflicted by Breast Cancer in Tehran.
This was a quasi-experimental study with a pretest-posttest and control group design. The statistical population included all women with breast cancer selected from those referring to Kasra hospital in Tehran. Based on the specified criteria for inclusion in the study and DASS, WHOQ-26 and LOT-R, life quality and orientation to life, patients with the highest scores were selected by convenience sampling and randomly assigned to experimental and control groups (n1=n2=15). The experimental group received eight 60-minute sessions of therapeutic intervention one session a week, while the control group received no intervention. The collected data was analyzed by descriptive statistics and multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA). In this study, all the ethical considerations have been observed and no conflict of interest was reported by the authors.
The results of the study showed that there was a significant difference between the experimental and control groups in reducing the negative emotions such as anxiety, depression and stress (P<0.05). The results further showed that there was a significant difference in quality of life scores and life orientation between the two groups (P<0.05).
Life skills training based on the Holy Quran combined with standard medical care had a beneficial effect on the psychological indicators and health of cancer patients and decreased their negative emotions.