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Palliative care and the spiritual needs of children and their families

A study of nurses in palliative care settings focuses on the spiritual needs of families when confronted with a child’s imminent death.
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A study of 55 nurses in palliative care focuses on the spiritual needs of families when confronted with a child’s imminent death

Ferrell B, Wittenberg E, Battista V et al (2016) Exploring the spiritual needs of families with seriously ill children. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 22, 8, 388-394.

Background

Studies have documented the experiences of families with seriously ill children, but few have focused on the spiritual needs of families confronted with the child’s imminent death.

There is a concern that nurses lack competence in communicating with families about spiritual needs. Nurses working in palliative settings are with children and their families as they approach death, but there is a dearth of literature about spiritual needs

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