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Religions 2017, 8(1), 15; doi:10.3390/rel8010015

Searching for the Hidden: A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Spiritual Aspects of Day Case Surgery from Staff Perspectives

Department of Social and Life Sciences, Glyndŵr University, Mold Rd, Wrexham LL11 2AW, UK
Academic Editors: Fiona Timmins and Wilfred McSherry
Received: 20 September 2016 / Revised: 8 December 2016 / Accepted: 5 January 2017 / Published: 19 January 2017
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Recent healthcare literature has shown an increasing interest in spiritual care and the way in which it supports patients as they deal with illness; but; as the body of evidence grows in many areas; the spiritual aspects of day surgery have been under-researched. The aims of this interpretive phenomenological study were to identify the patients’ spiritual needs and concerns prior to surgery both from the patients’ and surgical healthcare staffs’ perspectives and to investigate whether there was congruence between the groups. The results of the staff focus groups are presented here. A purposive; convenience sample of 13 staff (nurses; consultants and pharmacists) attended one of three focus groups. Data were analysed utilising interpretive phenomenological analysis in order to discover the meaning for participants derived from their own contexts. Caring for spiritual and existential concerns was expressed through staff’s relationships with patients; by a caring attitude and connection with them; helping patients to cope. Results show that spiritual care can be embedded in day surgery practice; and can be given during fleeting care episodes; though awareness is needed of the way in which this can be achieved. View Full-Text
Keywords: spiritual care; day case surgery; caring; connection; lived experience; interpretive phenomenological analysis spiritual care; day case surgery; caring; connection; lived experience; interpretive phenomenological analysis
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Pike, J. Searching for the Hidden: A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Spiritual Aspects of Day Case Surgery from Staff Perspectives. Religions 2017, 8, 15.

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