alexa Psychosocial correlates of using faith healing services in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: a comparative cross-sectional study.


Alternative & Integrative Medicine

Author(s): Alosaimi FD, Alshehri Y, Alfraih I, Alghamdi A, Aldahash S,

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Abstract BACKGROUND: In this study, we compared the prevalence of psychiatric disorders and the characteristics of those who either use or do not use faith healers (FHs) services. We also assessed the independent factors of study subjects associated with using FHs. METHODS: This cross-sectional study compared those who use FHs (n = 383) with a control group of those who do not use them (i.e., shopping mall visitors, n = 424) using a survey of sociodemographic characteristics and a validated Arabic version of the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI 6.0). RESULTS: Participants who ranked higher among FH users included males, people who were either married, divorced, or widowed, those with less education, and those with lower income. They were more likely to report past medical and psychiatric history. Those with diagnosable psychiatric disorders were more likely to visit FHs, especially if the diagnosis was of psychotic and bipolar disorders. The prevalence of psychiatric disorders was higher among FH users, and depressive and anxiety disorders were the most prevalent. CONCLUSIONS: The study showed that having past psychiatric history and a current psychiatric disorder are risk factors for using FHs. Also, a high percentage of FH users had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. Further research should assess how to facilitate their access to the mental health system.
This article was published in Int J Ment Health Syst and referenced in Alternative & Integrative Medicine

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