Domain of spiritual care
Authors: Ferrell, Betty; Munevar, Carla
Source: Progress in Palliative Care, Volume 20, Number 2, May 2012 , pp. 66-71(6)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Spirituality is a critical dimension of comprehensive palliative care. Scholars have contributed numerous definitions of spirituality and perspectives on the relationship between spiritual pain and suffering. Much research has been done to demonstrate the need to address the patient's spiritual preferences and needs when considering medical interventions. There is also consensus that there is an improvement in the patient's quality of life when spiritual needs have been addressed. Spiritual assessment tools have been developed to better assist healthcare professionals in planning and implementing spiritual interventions that may be offered by the multidisciplinary team.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Nursing Research Education, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA
Publication date: 2012-05-01