Social Indicators Research

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 193–211 | Cite as

Religiosity, quality of life, and survival in cancer patients

  • Gerd Inger Ringdal


This study is based on a sample of 253 hospitalised cancer patients who filled out a 108 item-questionnaire, including indicators of quality of life and a two-item religiosity scale. A majority of the patients reported that their religious belief had been of support to them after they became ill from cancer. Religiosity was found to be significantly related to general satisfaction with life and feelings of hopelessness. A Cox regression analysis, where religiosity was entered among other relevant covariates, showed a negative relationship between religiosity and the hazard rate that came very close to attain statistical significance. Thus, the effect of religiosity on the survival of patients with severe diseases such as cancer seems worth following up in future studies.

Key Words

religiosity quality of life survival cancer patients 


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