Journal article

Spirituality and religiosity in a palliative medicine population: mixed-methods study.

Clare C O'Callaghan, Ekavi Georgousopoulou, Davinia Seah, Josephine M Clayton, David Kissane, Natasha Michael

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Spiritual care allows palliative care patients to gain a sense of purpose, meaning and connectedness to the sacred or important while experiencing a serious illness. This study examined how Australian patients conceptualise their spirituality/religiosity, the associations between diagnosis and spiritual/religious activities, and views on the amount of spiritual support received. METHODS: This mixed-methods study used anonymous semistructured questionnaires, which included the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual Scale-12 (FACIT-SP-12) and adapted and developed questions examining religion/spirituality's role and support. RESULTS: Participants numbered 261, w..

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