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Spirituality in palliative care: opportunity or burden?


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Walter, T., 2002. Spirituality in palliative care: opportunity or burden? Palliative Medicine, 16 (2), pp. 133-139.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0269216302pm516oa

    Abstract

    The article questions an assumption in palliative care literature, namely that all patients have a spiritual dimension and that all staff can offer spiritual care. The article identifies spirituality as a particular kind of discourse. In late-modern Anglophone societies, this discourse arises from the experience of a particular generation and a particular segment of the population, namely those moving beyond formal religion; this segment is probably better represented among caring professionals than among dying patients. A four-fold typology of patients' approaches to religion/spirituality is developed, indicating the potential of differentiating between actual patients, rather than presuming a universal ‘search for meaning’. This alternative approach may enhance opportunities for team working and reduce the likelihood of any one member of staff feeling spiritual care to be an unwelcome burden.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsWalter, T.
    DOI10.1191/0269216302pm516oa
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Publisher StatementWalter_PalliativeMed_2002_16_2_133.pdf: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Palliative Medicine, 16/2, March/2002 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © 2002; Walter_PalliativeMed_2002_16_2_133.doc: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Palliative Medicine, 16/2, March/2002 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © 2002
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code1285

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