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Spiritual pain: a comparison of findings from survivors and hospice patients.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American journal of hospice & palliative care
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
1
Pages
23–33
Identifiers
PMID: 12568434
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The article presents comparative research findings on the notion of "spiritual pain." The findings from interviews with hospice patients affirm the previously published, preliminary conceptualization of spiritual pain from interviews with survivors. However, while the survivor findings highlight the potential for spiritual pain associated with life after high-tech curative treatment, the hospice patient data emphasize the protectiveness of the hospice experience for deflecting the possibility of spiritual pain. It is anticipated the discussion of comparative findings will affirm the importance of researching this "ignored dimension" and, in so doing, will enrich our understanding of the spiritual dimension of healthcare. The work is part of a program presently developing a language of spirituality through research.

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