Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Midwifery, EvidenceBased Care Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 PhD Candidate in Reproductive Health, Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


BACKGROUND: Spiritual health in the field of health has a great importance in mental disorders and
posttraumatic stress disorders, in treatment process. The present study was done aiming “determine
the effect of spiritual care education on the spiritual health of preeclamptic women with postpartum
stress disorder.”
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized clinical trial was done in 2017 on 260 women with
preeclampsia in Mashhad. Data collection was done with questionnaires Perinatal Posttraumatic
Stress Questionnaire (PPQ), the posttraumatic disorder checklist, Duke University Religion Index,
and the Spiritual Well‑Being Scale (SWBS). In the intervention group, first, women were educated
on spiritual care each day based on Richards and Bergin’s pattern, in three sessions, which lasted
45–60 min. The control group also received routine cares. All units completed the questionnaire
SWBS at the 8th postpartum period. P < 0.05 was meaningful.
RESULTS: After the intervention, this score of spiritual health in the intervention and control groups
had a significant difference with independent test (P = 0.004). Spiritual health significantly increased
in the interventional group.
CONCLUSIONS: Providing spiritual care to pregnant mothers with preeclampsia, increase their
spiritual health.


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