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Garssen B G, Ebenau A, Groot M, Van Laarhoven H, Van Leeuwen R, Visser A V. Spiritual Care by Nurses in Curative Oncology: A National, Multicenter, Mixed Methods Study. Multidiscip Cancer Investig 2022; 6 (3) :1-12
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Introduction: Spiritual care by nurses is often linked to palliative and terminal care. It is hardly known whether SC is also considered vital among nurses who care for patients who are treated with curative intent. Therefore, we have explored the level of and the experiences with spiritual care by nurses in curative cancer care.
Methods: In this mixed-method study, nurses were recruited in eight hospitals in the Netherlands. A spirituality scale, a spiritual care competence scale and five questions on spiritual care were completed by 57 participants. Afterwards, the scores were quantitatively analyzed. Because of data saturation, qualitative analysis was limited to 31 semi-structured interviews, using content analysis.
Results: The great majority of nurses indicated on the questionnaire that they frequently provide spiritual care. However, in interviews, the nurses described few examples of spiritual care. Nurses also indicated that they had not learned so much in providing spiritual care in their educational program; rather, they had learned it in clinical practice.
Conclusions: As the questionnaire could be liable to socially desirable responding, we based our conclusions on the qualitative data, and concluded that spiritual care was rather modest among the nurses providing curative care in this study.
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Type of Study: Original/Research Article | Subject: Other
Received: 2021/08/12 | Accepted: 2022/06/14 | ePublished: 2022/07/30

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