Special Issue "Spiritual Care for People with Cancer"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 January 2020) | Viewed by 7957
After decades of research there seems to be widespread agreement that religion and spirituality play a role in coping with cancer. Although relationships between religion/spirituality and indicators of quality of life or mental health are moderate to weak, there is little question that the diagnosis and treatment of cancer increase existential and spiritual needs and that these needs relate to how patients adjust to their experience. However, by what means do we address those needs? Who should address them? These questions are central to this Special Issue.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to bring together research on various spiritual care approaches that can be used in the oncology setting. Thus far, most research in this area has focused on patients with advanced stage cancer (Edwards, Pang, Shiu, & Chan, 2010; Henoch & Danielson, 2009; Kruizinga et al., 2016). Therefore, special consideration will be given to studies examining spiritual care among patients with early-stage cancer (stages 0–III) or who have chronic/returning types of cancer. Also of special interest are studies on multi- or interdisciplinary forms of spiritual care, which show the strengths of, and take advantage of, the subtle differences between approaches to religion and/or spirituality by various disciplines (e.g., psychologists, social workers, nurses, physicians, chaplains).
The diagnosis and treatment of cancer raise spiritual needs, that much is clear from decades of research on the relationship between religion/spirituality and mental health among cancer patients. However, by what means do we care for these needs? Who should address them (psychologists, nurses, social workers, chaplains, physicians, …)? In this Special Issue, I aim to bring together research on various effective approaches to spiritual care in the oncology setting. Most existing research involves mono-disciplinary types of spiritual care in patients with advanced cancer. Therefore, special consideration will be given to studies on spiritual care among people with early-stage or chronic/returning types of cancer and to studies on multi- or interdisciplinary forms of spiritual care.
Dr. A. (Anja) Visser
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- spiritual care
- mental health
- religious/spiritual needs