The effects of spiritual interventions in patients with cancer: a meta-analysis.

  title={The effects of spiritual interventions in patients with cancer: a meta-analysis.},
  author={Pok Ja Oh and Soo Hyun Kim},
  journal={Oncology nursing forum},
  volume={41 5},
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effects of a spiritual intervention in patients with cancer. DATA SOURCES Databases searched included both international electronic databases (MEDLINE® via PubMed, Cochrane Library CENTRAL, EMBASE, and CINAHL®) as well as Korean electronic databases (KMBASE, KOREAMED, RISS, KISS, and NANET) through December 2013. DATA SYNTHESIS A meta-analysis was conducted of 15 studies involving 14 controlled trials (7 randomized and 7 nonrandomized) with 889 patients… 

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