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Spiritual care

Shane Sinclair

in Palliative Medicine

Third edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694143
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.003.0087
Spiritual care

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This chapter looks at case studies to analyse the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to assess the spiritual needs of palliative patients. It looks at several questions such as: Under what circumstances would a spiritual history be needed? Why to screen for spiritual distress? What constitutes a spiritual history or assessment? Can overt spiritual beliefs lead to inner spiritual distress? How can clinicians effectively respond to patient beliefs when they differ significantly from their own beliefs and affect treatment decisions? What constitutes spiritual care? Who provides spiritual care?

Keywords: palliative care; medical education; case studies; spiritual needs; patient care; cancer patients; spiritual history

Chapter.  6706 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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