Evans, S. (2021). Is spirituality good for your health? The effects of an online spiritual health programme on the wellbeing of people living with Fibromyalgia [Unpublished Master’s thesis]. Alef Trust & Liverpool John Moores University.

The aim of this study is to examine the effects of following a spiritual health programme on the wellbeing of people who live with Fibromyalgia (Bloom, 2018). The study was carried out using four participants suffering from Fibromyalgia aged over eighteen years. The data was collected from Zoom interviews with the participants which comprised of six open-ended questions designed to elicit information about the experience of the participant when following the programme. Analysis was carried out using Quirkos, a computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software programme (CAQDAS) which assists in qualitative research with the analysis of text data and was used alongside personal analysis of the data by the researcher (Turner, 2021). The analysis showed that following the spiritual health programme enabled a change of focus from the condition, which caused feelings of vulnerability, isolation, and powerlessness, to enhanced coping using spiritual practices such as meditation, and activities which enhance connection and could be considered to be spiritual practices, such as being in nature and creative writing.

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