Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 299-313

First online:

Religiosity and Spirituality: Influence on Quality of Life and Perceived Patient Self-Efficacy among Cardiac Patients and Their Spouses

  • Joan F. MillerAffiliated withDepartment of Nursing, Bloomsburg University Email author 
  • , Timothy R. McConnellAffiliated withDepartment of Exercise Science, Bloomsburg University
  • , Troy A. KlingerAffiliated withDepartment of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Geisinger Medical Center

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The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of spirituality, religiosity, and religious coping on quality of life and self-efficacy among couples following a first time cardiac event. There was no significant association between measures for spirituality and religiosity and couples’ ratings for quality of life and self-efficacy. Negative forms of religious coping were associated with lower levels of quality of life and decreased confidence in the patient’s ability to perform physical tasks. Spouses’ measures for quality of life, self-efficacy, spirituality, religiosity, and religious coping were associated with patients’ measures for the same study variables.


spirituality religiosity religious coping quality of life self-efficacy