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J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Nov;21(11):1203-5.

The importance of spirituality in African-Americans' end-of-life experience.

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Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA. William_branch@emoryhealthcare.org

Abstract

A profound and moving spirituality provided emotional and psychological support for most terminally ill patients at Grady Memorial Hospital. The authors were able to trace the roots of these patients' spirituality to core beliefs described by African-American theologians. Truly bedrock beliefs often reflected in conversations with the patients at Grady included the providence of God and the divine plan for each person's life. Patients felt an intimate relationship to God, which they expressed through prayer. Importantly, almost all patients were willing to share their beliefs with the authors in long bedside interviews. This willingness to share indicates that physicians can learn about and validate such patients' spiritual sources of support.

PMID:
16879416
PMCID:
PMC1831655
DOI:
10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00572.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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