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Religions 2017, 8(7), 127; doi:10.3390/rel8070127

Christians’ Perceptions of Receiving Spiritual Care in the Bible Belt of the United States: A Qualitative Study of Care Provided in the Healthcare Setting

Nursing, Lander University, 320 Stanley Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29649, USA
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Received: 13 June 2017 / Revised: 3 July 2017 / Accepted: 10 July 2017 / Published: 13 July 2017
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The need to include the spiritual dimension when assessing clients and planning their healthcare is evident from numerous studies conducted by various disciplines. Practitioners of holistic care agree that spiritual care must be included to address fully the needs of clients. The aim of this qualitative research was to explore and document the stories of clients regarding the role healthcare professionals provide in spiritual care. A hermeneutical phenomenological approach was used to interview, document, and analyze the stories of 15 participants (n = 15) regarding their perceptions of spiritual care received or given during times of illness. Initially, only one participant mentioned the role of doctors and nurses in providing spiritual care. After specifically asking about spiritual care, half of the participants shared that they had received spiritual care. Prayer as a mode of spiritual care emerged as a prominent theme. Lack of spiritual care received was documented. The hesitancy to provide spiritual care was evident in participants who were also healthcare providers. More research is needed to further define spiritual care. Education regarding spiritual assessments and spiritual care strategies is needed for both patients and healthcare providers. View Full-Text
Keywords: spiritual care; spirituality; nursing; healthcare providers; spiritual assessments; prayer; healing spiritual care; spirituality; nursing; healthcare providers; spiritual assessments; prayer; healing
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McDowell, L.; South, R.M. Christians’ Perceptions of Receiving Spiritual Care in the Bible Belt of the United States: A Qualitative Study of Care Provided in the Healthcare Setting. Religions 2017, 8, 127.

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