Effect of hope therapy on the hope of diabetic patients

Zahra Ghazavi, Firouz Khaledi-Sardashti, Mohamad Bagher Kajbaf, Mojtaba Esmaielzadeh



Background: Hope is the most important factor in diabetic patients’ life. The level of hope may be changing among these individuals as a result of chronic nature of diabetes and its complications. When the level of hope increases among these patients, they can resist against physical and psychological complications of diabetes more, accept the treatment better, enjoy life more, and adapt with their situations more effi ciently. This study aimed to defi ne the effi cacy of hope therapy on hope among diabetic patients.

Materials and Methods: This was a quasi-experimental study conducted on 38 diabetic patients referring to Sedigheh Tahereh Research and Treatment Center affi liated to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 2012. The subjects were selected based on the goals and inclusion criteria of the study and then were randomly assigned to study and control groups. Herth Hope Index (HHI) was completed by both groups before, after, and 1 month after intervention. In the study group, 120-min sessions of hope therapy were held twice a week for 4 weeks. Descriptive and inferential statistical tests were adopted to analyze the data through SPSS version 12.

Results: Comparison of the results showed that hope therapy signifi cantly increased hope in diabetic patients after intervention in the study group compared to control (P < 0.001).

Conclusions: The results showed that hope therapy increased hope among diabetic patients. This method is suggested to be conducted for diabetic patients.

Key words: Diabetics, group therapy, hope, Iran

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