Three meta-analyses, published in Cancer, indicate that religion and spirituality have significant associations with patients’ health. The findings with regard to physical, mental and social health respectively, showed that:
1. "Patients reporting greater overall religiousness and spirituality reported better physical health, greater ability to perform their usual daily tasks, and fewer physical symptoms of cancer and treatment."
2. “Spiritual well-being was, unsurprisingly, associated with less anxiety, depression, or distress,”
3. "Religion and spirituality, as well as each of its dimensions, had modest but reliable links with social health."
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