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J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2013;9(2-3):158-79. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2013.794051.

A relational model for spiritually-sensitive hospice care.

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  • Department of Social Work, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA. ann.callahan@mtsu.edu


When faced with terminal illness, it is natural for hospice patients to question the meaning of life. Hospice workers need to have the ability to assist patients in dealing with these questions in case patients need their assistance. Helping patients deal with questions about life meaning is associated with spiritual care. The following article presents a qualitative study on the provision of spiritual care by hospice workers. The results are used to inform a relational model for spiritually-sensitive hospice care that demonstrates how a variety of individual factors have the potential to influence the delivery of spiritual care.

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