A Relational Model for Spiritually-Sensitive Hospice Care
a Department of Social Work , Middle Tennessee State University , Murfreesboro , Tennessee , USA.Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care 06/2013; 9(2-3):158-79. DOI: 10.1080/15524256.2013.794051
When faced with terminal illness, it is natural for hospice patients to question the meaning of life. Hospice workers need to have the ability to assist patients in dealing with these questions in case patients need their assistance. Helping patients deal with questions about life meaning is associated with spiritual care. The following article presents a qualitative study on the provision of spiritual care by hospice workers. The results are used to inform a relational model for spiritually-sensitive hospice care that demonstrates how a variety of individual factors have the potential to influence the delivery of spiritual care.
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ABSTRACT: A growing body of research suggests that spirituality may serve a protective function to both men and women in the post-trauma period, but few studies have systematically examined the process through which this occurs particularly among our most vulnerable populations. This study tested a theoretical model that examines the protective roles of spirituality and personal empowerment in the relationship between childhood and adulthood experiences of violence and mental health/well-being. The results of this study reinforce the need to develop trauma-informed practice protocols that incorporate spirituality. We discuss the implications of these findings for chaplain/spiritual care providers and health service delivery and management.Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 07/2014; 16(3):193-217. DOI:10.1080/19349637.2014.925368
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