HealthDay News — Spiritual care could be conducive to active coping, which may be beneficial for maintaining positive, long-term outcomes in interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation, according to a review published in the September issue of Pain Practice.

Alexander Garschagen, from Ciran Rehabilitation Centers in Venlo, Netherlands, and colleagues conducted a systemic literature search to identify follow-up studies of randomized controlled trials evaluating outcomes of spiritual care and interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation.

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The researchers found that there were no systematic reviews for spiritual care, but five systematic reviews of biopsychosocial rehabilitation (containing 14 studies describing long-term outcomes) were identified. The significance of coping in maintaining long-term outcomes was empirically demonstrated. A structured multidimensional care pathway separating spirituality from well-being and mental health, with established measures of treatment outcome enables a comparison with benchmarks and would be an appropriate test environment for evaluation.

“Active coping seems beneficial for maintaining positive long-term outcomes of interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation,” the authors wrote. “Spiritual care may be conducive to active coping. Further research is warranted to explore the additive value of this spiritual care in the context of a multidimensional care pathway.”


1. Garschagen A. et al. Pain Practice. 2015; doi:10.1111/papr.12234.