Effect of Dzikir Therapy on Perception of Healing in Post-Surgery Patients in Jepara, Central Java

Anny Rosiana Masithoh, Khosyatillah


Program of Nursing, School of Health Sciences Muhammadiyah



Background: Religious traditions across the world display beliefs in healing through prayer.  For a multitude of reasons, research on the healing effects of prayer is riddled with assumptions, challenges, and contradictions, that make the subject a scientific and religious minefield.  This study aimed to examine the effect of “dzikir” (prayer) therapy on perception of healing in post-surgery patients in Jepara, Central Java.

Subjects and Method: This was a quasi-experimental (non-randomized) study before and after with control design conducted at RA. Kartini Hospital, Jepara, Central Java. A sample of 22 post-surgery patients was selected for this study and divided in 2 groups: 11 patients with “dzikir” therapy and 11 patients without “dzikir” therapy. The dependent variable was perception of healing. The inde­pendent variable was “dzikir” therapy. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by Mann-Whitney.

Results: Improvement in perception of healing in the “dzikir” therapy group was greater than the control group (p= 0.007).

Conclusion: “Dzikir” therapy is effective to improve perception of healing. 

Keywords: post-surgery, perception of healing, prayer therapy

Correspondence: Anny Rosiana Masithoh. Program of Nursing, School of Health Sciences Muhammadiyah, Kudus, Central Java. Email: annyrosiana@stikesmuhkudus.ac.id.

Mobile: 0816654455

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2018.05.05




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