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Religions 2017, 8(10), 227; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel8100227

How a Model of Communication Can Assist Nurses to Foster Hope When Communicating with Patients Living with a Terminal Prognosis

Undergraduate Student Nurse, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Building 67, University Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
Received: 8 September 2017 / Revised: 12 October 2017 / Accepted: 13 October 2017 / Published: 16 October 2017
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Abstract

Nurses play a central role in joint decision-making and person-centred care, whereby care is focused on the needs of an individual patient. A key part of person-centred care is the way nurses engage with patients because good communication can impact on a person’s spiritual wellbeing, particularly in relation to their ability to have hope. The way nurses communicate can be even more pertinent for people living with a terminal prognosis as the issues discussed can in themselves significantly influence a person’s spiritual wellbeing. This paper combines contemporary research on how health professionals can foster hope in patients living with a terminal prognosis with The Awareness Context Theory described by Glaser and Strauss in 1965. A model of communication is then used to demonstrate how the research on hope and The Awareness Context Theory can be applied to practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirituality; health; healthcare spirituality; health; healthcare
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Petley, R. How a Model of Communication Can Assist Nurses to Foster Hope When Communicating with Patients Living with a Terminal Prognosis. Religions 2017, 8, 227.

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