Spiritual care of the child with cancer at the end of life: a concept analysis

Title

Spiritual care of the child with cancer at the end of life: a concept analysis

Creator

Petersen CL

Identifier

Publisher

Journal Of Advanced Nursing

Date

2013

Subject

Child; cancer; spiritual care; dying; concept analysis; nurses/midwives/nursing

Description

Aim The aim of this paper is to report an analysis of the concept of spiritual care of a child with cancer at the end of life. Background Spirituality is a vital dimension of a child's experience at the end of life; providing comfort; support; and a sense of connection. Spiritual care is paramount to address the substantial spiritual distress that may develop. Design Rodgers' method of evolutionary concept analysis guided the review process. Data sources The literature search was not limited by start date and literature through the end of 2012 was included. English, peer-reviewed texts in the databases CINAHL, ATLA and PubMed were included. Methods Critical analysis of the literature identified surrogate terms, related concepts, attributes, antecedents and consequences. Results The analysis identified six attributes: assessing spiritual needs; assisting the child to express feelings; guiding the child in strengthening relationships; helping the child to be remembered; assisting the child to find meaning; and aiding the child to find hope. Antecedents include existential questions and spiritual distress. Consequences include a peaceful death, spiritual growth, a relationship of trust and enhanced end-of-life care. Conclusion Spiritual care is a vital aspect of holistic nursing care; however, gaps in knowledge and practice prevent children from receiving adequate spiritual care at the end of life. Nurses would benefit from increased awareness, skills and knowledge about spiritual care. Research is needed to identify interventions that exert the greatest effect on patient care outcomes.
2013

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Type

Journal Article

Citation

Petersen CL, “Spiritual care of the child with cancer at the end of life: a concept analysis,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 27, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14634.

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