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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2013 Dec;19(12):599-605.

Spiritual support interventions in nursing care for patients suffering death anxiety in the final phase of life.

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1
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.
2
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine and Health Policy, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc.
3
Medical Director, St Joseph’s Hospice and Pain Centre, Rajhrad u Brna, and President, Czech Society for Palliative Medicine.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate which activities from the 'Spiritual Support' intervention of the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) are used in patients with the nursing diagnosis 'Death Anxiety' in the Czech Republic, and which activities could feasibly be implemented into practice.

METHOD:

The study surveyed 468 Czech nurses using a quantitative questionnaire with Likert scales.

RESULTS:

The most frequently used activity was 'Treat individual with dignity and respect' and the least frequently used was 'Pray with the individual'. 'Treat individual with dignity and respect' was also thought to be the most feasible activity for Czech nursing practice. Significant differences were found between nurses working in hospices and those in other sites and between religious believers and non-believers.

CONCLUSION:

Even in the secularised Czech Republic, nurses can make use of the NIC Spiritual Support intervention in end-of-life care.

PMID:
24356504
DOI:
10.12968/ijpn.2013.19.12.599
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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