Original Paper

Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 538-551

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Religious Faith and Psychosocial Adaptation among Stroke Patients in Kuwait: A Mixed Method Study

  • Onutobor OmuAffiliated withDepartment of Physiotherapy, Dar Al Shifa Hospital
  • , Saud Al-ObaidiAffiliated withDepartment of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Kuwait University
  • , Frances ReynoldsAffiliated withSchool of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University Email author 

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Religious faith is central to life for Muslim patients in Kuwait, so it may influence adaptation and rehabilitation. This study explored quantitative associations among religious faith, self-efficacy, and life satisfaction in 40 female stroke patients and explored the influence of religion within stroke rehabilitation through qualitative interviews with 12 health professionals. The quantitative measure of religious faith did not relate to life satisfaction or self-efficacy in stroke patients. However, the health professionals described religious coping as influencing adaptation post-stroke. Fatalistic beliefs were thought to have mixed influences on rehabilitation. Measuring religious faith among Muslims through a standardized scale is debated. The qualitative accounts suggest that religious beliefs need to be acknowledged in stroke rehabilitation in Kuwait.


Stroke rehabilitation Religious faith Fatalism Religious coping Self-efficacy