Journal article

Unmet spiritual needs in palliative care: psychometrics of a screening checklist.

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

BMJ Support Palliat Care | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: While studies in palliative care use measures of spirituality and religious belief, there have been few validation studies of a screening tool that identifies unmet spiritual needs. METHODS: A multidisciplinary research team developed and examined the usefulness, reliability and validity of a 17-item Spiritual Concerns Checklist (SCC) as a screening tool for unmet spiritual needs. A cohort of patients recruited from three palliative care services in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia completed anonymous questionnaires. Factor structure and item response theory were used to examine its properties; concurrent validity employed the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiri..

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