Document Type : Original Article


Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Inpatient’s Safety Research Center, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran


BACKGROUND: Since poor communication with the patient has a negative impact on the quality of 
nursing care, taking the necessary measures to strengthen the relationship with the patient seems 
necessary. This study was conducted to determine the effect of spiritual intelligence training on 
nurses’ skills for communicating with patients.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This experimental study with the control group and the pretest‑posttest 
design was conducted on 70 nurses working in Imam Khomeini Hospital, Mahabad, in 2019. 
Randomized stratified sampling was used to recruit participants. Then, participants were randomly 
assigned to the two groups of control and intervention. The demographic information form and the 
patient‑nurse communication skill questionnaire were used to collect the data. For the intervention 
group, 7 spiritual intelligence training sessions were held as a workshop in 2 months. Two weeks 
and a month after the intervention, both groups completed the questionnaires. Data were analyzed 
with the SPSS software version 17.0.
RESULTS: The findings showed that the mean communication skill scores in the intervention group 
before training were 44.71 ± 7.62, which significantly increased to 66.22 ± 8.43 2 weeks after training. 
Bonferroni multiple comparisons showed the mean communication skill scores significantly increased 
before, 2 weeks later and in the follow‑up phase in the intervention group (P < 0.001).
CONCLUSION: Spiritual intelligence training is effective in improving the communication skills of 
nurses. It is recommended that the prepared content can be provided to in‑service training units; 
consequently, nurses can improve their communication skills by individual and group learning.


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