Religiosity and Beliefs About the Transmission of Cancer, Chemotherapy, and Radiation Through Physical Contact in Saudi Arabia.


Journal Article

We examined relationships between religiosity and Saudi cancer patients' beliefs about the spread of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy through close physical contact. Surveyed were 64 patients seen in university oncology clinics. Assessed were beliefs about the spread of cancer and its treatments, along with religious, demographic, social, psychological, and cancer-related characteristics. Greater religiosity was related to older age, non-Saudi nationality, less anxiety, earlier cancer stage, and greater time since initial diagnosis. Non-significant trends suggested that religious practices were associated with less, but intrinsic religious beliefs with more concern about contagiousness, although the findings were limited by low statistical power.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Al-Wassia, R; Al-Zaben, F; Sehlo, MG; Koenig, HG

Published Date

  • February 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 221 - 235

PubMed ID

  • 30554303

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30554303

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6571

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10943-018-00745-y


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States