The Effect of Hajj Pilgrimage on Treatment Compliance in Individuals with Chronic Diseases

  • Feride Taskin Yilmaz
  • Selma Sabanciogullari
  • Gulseren Karabey
Original Paper


This study was performed in order to determine the effect of Hajj pilgrimage on treatment compliance in individuals with chronic diseases. A total of 168 individuals were included in the prospective and descriptive study. Data were collected in three interviews using a patient identification form and the Religiousness Inclination Scale. When the medicine compliances of the individuals before and after Hajj pilgrimage were compared, a statistically meaningful difference between their regular uses of medicine statuses was found (p = 0.011). However, no difference was detected in the 3-month follow-up (p = 0.094). Additionally, it was found that in individuals with internally driven religiousness inclinations there was no relationship between their statuses regarding having changes in their disease-related complaints after Hajj pilgrimage and their status regarding coping with disease. Hajj pilgrimage was found to negatively affect treatment compliance in the short term in individuals with chronic diseases, while there were no changes in long-term treatment compliance.


Hajj Religious Chronic disease Treatment compliance Spiritualite 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

All the authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

Ethical approval was obtained from the Non-Invasive Clinical Research Ethics Committee of Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey (Decision no: 09/19). Also, it was stated that no private information would be disclosed someone else besides the researcher, since confidentiality of patients and their privacy were respected by the researcher. Informed consent was taken from the individuals who agreed to participate in the study. The study was conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of the Helsinki declaration.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, School of Susehri Health HighCumhuriyet UniversitySivasTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatric Nursing, School of Susehri Health HighCumhuriyet UniversitySivasTurkey
  3. 3.Cumhuriyet University Health Services Application and Research HospitalSivasTurkey

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