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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48--52

Spiritual issues at end of life


National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Santosh K Chaturvedi
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore - 560 029, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.38899

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Spirituality is multifaceted. The various beliefs regarding the concept of spirituality, spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and the methods of spiritual assessment are discussed here. There is a close association between demoralization, distress, spiritual pain and spiritual distress. Standardised clinical methods to assess spiritual distress and provide spiritual care and healing are available. Spiritual well-being is a significant dimension of overall health-related quality of life. Although there seems to be traditional and natural spiritual care in our society and especially in palliative care settings, hardly any formal training or interventions are available. This paper aims to encourage soul searching in the end-of-life care.






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