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The Role of Spirituality in the Care of Seriously Ill, Chronically Ill, and Dying Patients

Christina M. Puchalski

in A Time for Listening and Caring

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146820
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.003.0001
The Role of Spirituality in the Care of Seriously Ill, Chronically Ill, and Dying Patients

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This chapter examines the role of spirituality in caring for chronically ill and dying patients. It discusses the issues of living with the dying, the influence of science and technology in the changes in the conditions of dying people, and hospice and palliative care sectors' recognition of the importance of the spiritual dimension in the care of dying patients. The chapter also reviews the results of studies and research concerning the relation between health and spirituality, highlighting the importance of spirituality in patients' lives.

Keywords: spirituality; chronically ill; dying patients; science and technology; dying people; hospice care; palliative care; patients' lives

Chapter.  9674 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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