Spirituality and Palliative Care: the Attitudes of Occupational Therapists

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The attitudes of 44 occupational therapists on the place of spirituality within palliative care were investigated. Their responses to a postal questionnaire indicated that spirituality was an important part of life for 35 (80%) respondents, helped 33 (75%) respondents with daily job responsibilities and was viewed as an important dimension of health and rehabilitation by 39 (89%) respondents. Spiritual issues were considered to be within the scope of occupational therapy by 33 (75%) respondents. However, only 8 (18%) respondents stated that they consistently addressed spirituality within assessment.

The respondents described several activities that addressed clients' spirituality, including open-ended discussion, facilitation of activities of daily living that contribute to maximising quality of life and creative activities. Thirty-two (73%) respondents considered that their education had not prepared them to deal with clients' spiritual needs and 28 (64%) wanted further training in spiritual care.

It is proposed that there is a need for further research and refinement of the conceptual understanding of spirituality in order to provide a firm framework for its inclusion in occupational therapy.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 1999

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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