Special Issue "Selected Papers from Spirituality in Healthcare Conference 2018 “Spirituality at a Crossroads”"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Kathleen Neenan

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Spirituality Interest Group, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Interests: spirituality; caregivers, healthcare; mindfulness
Guest Editor
Prof. Vivienne Brady

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Spirituality Interest Group, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Interests: Action Research, Women's Health and Maternity care, Reflective Practice as a Method to Advance Midwifery Knowledge, Models of Care and Hearing Voice spirituality
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Fiona Timmins

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Spirituality Interest Group, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Phone: +35318963699
Interests: spirituality; healthcare education; professional Issues in nursing
Guest Editor
Prof. Wilf McSherry

1 Professor in Nursing, School of Health and Social Care, Staffordshire University, Blackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0AD, UK
2 The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford, England, UK
3 Part-time Professor at VID University College, Norway
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Phone: 44 (0) 7983981931
Interests: dignity in care, spirituality and spiritual care, ageing and dementia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will focus on a range of papers aimed at exploring the concept of spirituality in healthcare.

  • The overall focus of the Special Issue will be to highlight presenters’ achievements at the fourth international conference hosted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Spirituality Research and Innovation Group, Trinity College Dublin on 21st June 2018. Presenters at the conference are invited to submit papers. This will enable them to elaborate on their oral presentations and disseminate their ideas to a wider audience.
  • The scope of the Special Issue will include narrative/discussion papers, research papers and innovations from across a range of disciplines.
  • This issue will contribute to existent literature on spirituality in healthcare.
  • All papers will be subject to peer review.

Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously following peer review (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on the MDPI website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication (550 CHF) has been funded by institutions through Knowledge Unlatched, resulting in no direct charge to authors. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

Prof. Kathleen Neenan
Prof. Vivienne Brady
Prof. Dr. Fiona Timmins
Prof. Wilf McSherry
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charges (APCs) of 550 CHF (Swiss Francs) per published paper are fully funded by institutions through the Knowledge Unlatched initiative, resulting in no direct charge to authors. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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Open AccessReview Spiritual Distress in Cancer Patients: A Synthesis of Qualitative Studies
Religions 2018, 9(10), 285; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9100285
Received: 21 August 2018 / Revised: 16 September 2018 / Accepted: 18 September 2018 / Published: 20 September 2018
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Cancer affects individuals in all human dimensions. Cancer patients are more susceptible to spiritual distress. Several studies have addressed spiritual distress using quantitative designs; however, a qualitative approach to the experience of spiritual distress could provide a deeper understanding of the phenomenon. This
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Cancer affects individuals in all human dimensions. Cancer patients are more susceptible to spiritual distress. Several studies have addressed spiritual distress using quantitative designs; however, a qualitative approach to the experience of spiritual distress could provide a deeper understanding of the phenomenon. This study aims to synthesis the experience of spiritual distress as lived by cancer patients in qualitative primary studies. This is a literature review based on electronic databases search. A total of 4075 citations was identified and 23 studies were included. The most frequent qualitative research method was phenomenology (n = 15), and interviews were the main data collection method (n = 20). Two major themes have been identified related to the experience of spiritual distress: suffering and coping. Spiritual distress is an intimate, deep and suffering experience in life, which requires coping strategies and involves spiritual values and beliefs. Healthcare providers should be aware of this experience and recognize spiritual distress in cancer patients, as it is critical in providing holistic nursing care. Full article
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Open AccessReview Review and Characterization of Portuguese Theses, Dissertations, and Papers about Spirituality in Health
Religions 2018, 9(9), 271; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9090271
Received: 13 July 2018 / Revised: 10 August 2018 / Accepted: 5 September 2018 / Published: 11 September 2018
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Research about spirituality has grown widely in the past decades and the interest in health care is also evident in Portugal. This literature review aims to identify and to characterize Portuguese theses, dissertations, and papers about spirituality in health, and to provide a
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Research about spirituality has grown widely in the past decades and the interest in health care is also evident in Portugal. This literature review aims to identify and to characterize Portuguese theses, dissertations, and papers about spirituality in health, and to provide a systematic overview of the knowledge concerning this subject. The search was conducted in February 2017 and updated in January 2018. Four independent reviewers screened and analyzed all citations, and a total of 76 results were included. Publications started in 2002 and include master degree dissertations (n = 37), scientific papers (n = 31), and PhD theses (n = 8). Papers were published in 24 national and international journals. Most papers were psychology- and nursing-related and had a quantitative design (n = 55). Samples were mostly composed of patients living with a chronic disease (n = 20) or elderly (n = 11). The Spiritual Well-Being Questionnaire (SWBQ) was the most used tool. A multidisciplinary approach is regarded as foundational in implementing spirituality in the provision of health care and the results underline the interest on this topic from other disciplines rather than nursing. Further studies must provide a deeper understanding of spirituality in children, adolescents or families’ perspective bringing new insights to advanced health practice. Full article
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