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Semin Oncol Nurs. 1998 May;14(2):121-8.

The spiritual dimension of palliative care.

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  • Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, College of Health Science, Rush University, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To review the relevant literature about spirituality and palliation in oncology and to suggest a model for framing and understanding the spiritual themes oncology patients may present.

DATA SOURCES:

Research studies, review articles, and books related to spirituality, palliation, patient and staff preferences, family therapy, and culture.

CONCLUSIONS:

Spirituality/religion is a significant element in the lives of most Americans and plays a role in coping with crisis events such as cancer. Responding to the spiritual dimension is an important part of palliative care.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Caregivers must learn and use appropriate assessment protocols and include appropriate spiritual/religious interventions in careplans.

PMID:
9580935
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