Training for awareness of one's own spirituality

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dc.contributor.author Bar-Sela, Gil
dc.contributor.author Schultz, Michael J.
dc.contributor.author Elshamy, Karima
dc.contributor.author Rassoul, Maryam
dc.contributor.author Ben-Arye, Eran
dc.contributor.author Doumit, Myrna
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-04T09:03:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-04T09:03:01Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-10-04
dc.identifier.issn 1478-9523 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/11372
dc.description.abstract Objective When patients feel spiritually supported by staff, we find increased use of hospice and reduced use of aggressive treatments at end of life, yet substantial barriers to staff spiritual care provision still exist. We aimed to study these barriers in a new cultural context and analyzed a new subgroup with “unrealized potential” for improved spiritual care provision: those who are positively inclined toward spiritual care yet do not themselves provide it. Method We distributed the Religion and Spirituality in Cancer Care Study via the Middle East Cancer Consortium to physicians and nurses caring for advanced cancer patients. Survey items included how often spiritual care should be provided, how often respondents themselves provide it, and perceived barriers to spiritual care provision. Result We had 770 respondents (40% physicians, 60% nurses) from 14 Middle Eastern countries. The results showed that 82% of respondents think staff should provide spiritual care at least occasionally, but 44% provide spiritual care less often than they think they should. In multivariable analysis of respondents who valued spiritual care yet did not themselves provide it to their most recent patients, predictors included low personal sense of being spiritual (p < 0.001) and not having received training (p = 0.02; only 22% received training). How “developed” a country is negatively predicted spiritual care provision (p < 0.001). Self-perceived barriers were quite similar across cultures. Significance of results Despite relatively high levels of spiritual care provision, we see a gap between desirability and actual provision. Seeing oneself as not spiritual or only slightly spiritual is a key factor demonstrably associated with not providing spiritual care. Efforts to increase spiritual care provision should target those in favor of spiritual care provision, promoting training that helps participants consider their own spirituality and the role that it plays in their personal and professional lives. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Training for awareness of one's own spirituality en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle a key factor in overcoming barriers to the provision of spiritual care to advanced cancer patients by doctors and nurses en_US
dc.author.school SON en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201005174 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Palliative & Supportive Care en_US
dc.journal.volume 17 en_US
dc.journal.issue 3 en_US
dc.article.pages 345-352 en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1017/S147895151800055X en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Bar-Sela, G., Schultz, M. J., Elshamy, K., Rassouli, M., Ben-Arye, E., Doumit, M., ... & Ozalp, G. (2019). Training for awareness of one's own spirituality: A key factor in overcoming barriers to the provision of spiritual care to advanced cancer patients by doctors and nurses. Palliative & supportive care, 17(3), 345-352. en_US
dc.author.email myrna.doumit@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/palliative-and-supportive-care/article/training-for-awareness-of-ones-own-spirituality-a-key-factor-in-overcoming-barriers-to-the-provision-of-spiritual-care-to-advanced-cancer-patients-by-doctors-and-nurses/62C63C72E686A5C6FA257B9CDABC4879 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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