Perinatal Palliative Care: Cultural, Spiritual, and Religious Considerations for Parents-What Clinicians Need to Know

Title

Perinatal Palliative Care: Cultural, Spiritual, and Religious Considerations for Parents-What Clinicians Need to Know

Creator

Kain VJ

Publisher

Frontiers in Pediatrics

Date

2021

Subject

cultural needs; parents; perinatal palliative care; religious needs; spiritual needs

Description

For perinatal palliative care (PPC) to be truly holistic, it is imperative that clinicians are conversant in the cultural, spiritual and religious needs of parents. That cultural, spiritual and religious needs for parents should be sensitively attended to are widely touted in the PPC literature and extant protocols, however there is little guidance available to the clinician as to how to meet these needs. The objective of this review article is to report what is known about the cultural, spiritual and religious practices of parents and how this might impact neonates who are born with a life-limiting fetal diagnosis (LLFD). The following religions will be considered-Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity-in terms of what may be helpful for clinicians to consider regarding rituals and doctrine related to PPC. Data Sources include PubMed, Ovid, PsycInfo, CINAHL, and Medline from Jan 2000-June 2020 using the terms "perinatal palliative care," "perinatal hospice," "cultur(*)," and "religiou(*)." Inclusion criteria includes all empirical and research studies published in English that focus on the cultural and religious needs of parents who opted to continue a pregnancy in which the fetus had a life-limiting condition or had received perinatal palliative care. Gray literature from religious leaders about the Great Religions were also considered. Results from these sources contributing to the knowledge base of cultural, spiritual and religious dimensions of perinatal palliative care are considered in this paper.

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June 2021 List

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Citation

Kain VJ, “Perinatal Palliative Care: Cultural, Spiritual, and Religious Considerations for Parents-What Clinicians Need to Know,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 19, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17574.

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