Religious Practices and Spiritual Well-being in Older Persons with Uncontrolled Hypertension


  • Chatthip Sangsoy Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Rojanee Chintanawat Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Linchong Pothiban Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University


spiritual well-being, religious practices, older persons with uncontrolled hypertension


Uncontrolled hypertension is a major health problem that lead to serious complications in older persons. It affects the soul leading to feelings of guilt, grief, and anxiety, and spiritual support is vital in the face of chronic disease. Religious practices promote spiritual well-being. This correlational descriptive research aimed to describe spiritual well-being, religious practices, and the relationship between religious practices and spiritual well-being among older persons with uncontrolled hypertension. Participants were older persons with uncontrolled hypertension who received treatment at Ban Si Bun Rueang, Thambon Nong Hoi, Health Promotion Hospital, and Suthep Sub District Public Health Service Center, Chiang Mai province. The 88 participants were selected using convenience sampling. The research tools used in this study were a Demographic Data Recording Form, the Thai Spiritual Well-Being Assessment Tool for Elders with a Chronic Illness (TSWBATECI) and Buddhist Practices Scales. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient. The results showed that the participant’s spiritual well-being and religious practices were at a high level. Religious practices had a positive relationship with spiritual well-being at a moderate level with a statistical significance of .01 (r=0.30). The results are useful for health care providers in promoting religious practices and spiritual well-being in older persons with uncontrolled hypertension.


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