Spiritual care as a dimension of holistic care: a relational interpretation

Bush, A and Bruni, N 2008, 'Spiritual care as a dimension of holistic care: a relational interpretation', International Journal of Palliative Nursing, vol. 14, no. 11, pp. 539-545.

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Title Spiritual care as a dimension of holistic care: a relational interpretation
Author(s) Bush, A
Bruni, N
Year 2008
Journal name International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Volume number 14
Issue number 11
Start page 539
End page 545
Total pages 7
Publisher Mark Allen Publishing Ltd
Abstract This article reports on a phenomenological study undertaken to explore the meaning of spiritual care as described by a group of palliative care professionals. The research process was informed by van Manen's (1990) hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Eight palliative care professionals (nurses, complementary therapists and pastoral carers) were recruited from a community palliative care agency in Melbourne, Victoria, which provided home-based palliative care. All participants were female and came from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Data were collected by in-depth conversational interviews and were analyzed thematically. Two themes emerged: 'a living nexus between spiritual care, spirituality and holism' and 'a world of relationships'. The findings of the study point to the need for healthcare professionals to incorporate spiritual care guidelines into practice in order for palliative care to be truly representative of holistic health care.
Subject Primary Health Care
Keyword(s) adult
alternative medicine
health personnel attitude
health service
home care
human relation
middle aged
nursing methodology research
nursing staff
organization and management
palliative therapy
practice guideline
professional standard
psychological aspect
qualitative research
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