Depression in Chronic Illness: Does Religion Help? : Journal of Christian Nursing

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Depression in Chronic Illness

Does Religion Help?

Koenig, Harold G.

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Journal of Christian Nursing 31(1):p 40-46, January/March 2014. | DOI: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000016

This article examines the impact of depression on patients, reviews research on the relationship between religious involvement and depression, and explores the potential role of religious cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of depression in chronic illness. A randomized clinical trial at Duke University is examining the effectiveness of religious CBT versus conventional secular CBT in the treatment of major depression in patients with chronic illness. A validated religious psychotherapy intervention may provide nurses new strategies for helping chronically ill patients with depression.

© 2014 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

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