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Responding to family carers' spiritual needs

Rosalie Hudson

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0003
Responding to family carers' spiritual needs

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This chapter explores some of the literature on family carers in the palliative care sector and raises questions about language, attitudes, standards, historical changes and contemporary perceptions regarding spiritual needs. The analysis reveals that the terms spiritual, religious and existential are sometimes used interchangeably in the literature, and that while they can overlap, there are important differences. The result also indicates that spiritual care has implications for patient, family, the palliative care team and the broader community, and that interventions should match family carers' needs as articulated by the family carers themselves, rather than being imposed by the health professional.

Keywords: existential; religion; spiritual care; patient; family; health professionals

Chapter.  7131 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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