Spiritual Considerations

Christina M. Puchalski, Stephen D.W. King, Betty R. Ferrell

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Abstract

Spiritual issues play a prominent role for patients with cancer. Studies have demonstrated a positive connection between a patient's spirituality and health outcomes, including quality of life, depression and anxiety, hopefulness, and the ability to cope with illness. Spiritual or existential distress is prominent in patients with cancer. Models are described that identify ways for clinicians to identify or diagnose spiritual or existential distress, and to attend to that distress. It is critical that all clinicians assess for spiritual distress as part of a routine distress assessment, identify appropriate treatment strategies, and work closely with trained spiritual care professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-517
Number of pages13
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Existential distress
  • Spiritual distress
  • Spiritual well-being
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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