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A Qualitative Exploration of Spiritually Sensitive Hospice Care

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Ann CallahanORCID iD iconhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4744-4912


Social Work

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Spirituality can be a significant resource for patients at the end of life; however, there is limited research on the manner in which hospice workers provide spiritual care. A qualitative study was conducted to define the relationship factors associated with spiritual care in an effort to further delineate the concept of “spiritually sensitive hospice care.” A purposive, snowball sample of six hospice workers was interviewed about how they identified spiritual needs, provided spiritual care, and determined their effectiveness. The results suggested a variety of factors influenced the delivery of spiritually sensitive hospice care. One relationship factor was the degree of interpersonal intimacy cultivated through the helping relationship. Further research is needed to determine which particular factors influence patient perceptions of spiritual sensitivity.

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Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Pallative Care

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