Respecting the Spiritual Side of Advanced Cancer Care: a Systematic Review

Katherine M. Piderman, Simon Kung, Sarah M. Jenkins, Terin T. Euerle, Timothy J. Yoder, Gracia M. Kwete, Maria I. Lapid

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Abstract

Spirituality is among the resources that many turn to as they deal with a diagnosis of advanced cancer. Researchers have made much progress in exploring and understanding spirituality’s complex and multifaceted role in the midst of metastatic disease. As a result, spirituality is seen as an important aspect of a holistic and respectful approach to clinical care for patients and their loved ones. In this article, we provide a systematic review of the literature related to the interface between spirituality and metastatic cancer. We included articles published from January 2013 to June 2014. Twenty-two articles were reviewed, consisting of clinical intervention trials, association studies, surveys, qualitative studies, and review articles. The articles discussed efforts to improve patients’ spiritual well-being, with relevant measurement scales; the associations of spirituality and end of life treatment practices; and efforts to better understand and meet the spiritual needs of patients and caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent oncology reports
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Advanced cancer
  • Chaplains
  • Palliative care
  • Spirituality
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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    Piderman, K. M., Kung, S., Jenkins, S. M., Euerle, T. T., Yoder, T. J., Kwete, G. M., & Lapid, M. I. (2015). Respecting the Spiritual Side of Advanced Cancer Care: a Systematic Review. Current oncology reports, 17(2), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11912-014-0429-6