Navigation Links
Doctors Must Consider Spiritual Needs of Their Patients: Study

The worlds of medicine and religion tread different paths due to obvious sensitive issues, yet authors of a recent study urge doctors to consider meeting// the religious and spiritual needs of their patients.

This suggestion stems from a study carried out by Tracy Balboni of the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Harvard Medical School and colleagues of the Dana -Farber Cancer Institute.

As part of an NIH-funded study –Coping With Cancer, they looked at religiousness and spiritual support in patients with advanced cancer.

This was one of the factors studied in association with well being and quality of life in patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers.

As part of the research, it was found that spiritual support did improve the quality of life among those facing death, yet such support was found to be inadequate.

In the study of 230 patients, 88 percent of them considered religion to be at least somewhat important.

Significantly, nearly half said their spiritual needs was largely or entirely ignored by organized religion.

In addition, 72 percent said the same needs were not addressed by the medical system.

'These findings provide further evidence that oncology practitioners really should include a spiritual history as part of a patient's history of social support and culture,' says Balboni.

'It allows the practitioner to know whether something's important to the patient and also makes the statement, 'we understand this might be an important part of dealing with your illness 'she adds.

The authors note that guidelines issued by the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care recognize religion and spirituality as important components of end-of-life care.

'Methods for meeting patient spiritual needs should be explored, and the impact of such interventions should be assessed,' the authors write.

'In addit ion, the appropriate roles of various health care providers (e.g., physicians, nurses) in managing spiritual needs should be clarified. Although incorporating religion or spirituality into care requires delicacy, attention to this dimension of health has the potential to enhance patient well-being at the end of life', they opine.

Concludes Betty Ferrell, a research scientist with City of Hope Cancer Center 'This report is a strong statement of a seriously unmet need in the vast majority of patients in our care.'

'The oncologist who dares to ask about spirituality imparts a vital message to patients that they are being cared for by someone who has not forgotten that a broken patient remains a whole person, and that healing transcends survival.'
ANN
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy
2. Doctors needed urgently in Gujarat
3. Doctors operate upon patients in candlelight- latest from the quake scene
4. Doctors at risk- the ugly side of the noble profession
5. Doctors advice early anemia tests
6. Emphasis to ban Drugs ads by Doctors
7. Doctors not to accept gifts from drug companies
8. Gene testing kit specific for Doctors
9. Doctors warned of fluoride toxicity
10. Doctors decisions are affected by fear of lawsuits- says a study
11. Bihar High Court Intervenes To End Doctors Strike
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/20/2017)... Waco, TX (PRWEB) , ... July 19, 2017 , ... ... announce the availability of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatment and dental implants in ... the TRIOS® intraoral scanner and the T-Scan™ by Tekscan®, they can capture details in ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... ... Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to train predoctoral dental students in ... needs in rural and underserved areas. , The Predoctoral Pediatric Training Project (PPTP), ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... A July 5th article on Reuters Health ... had received a body contouring procedure reported experiencing a better quality of life, compared ... which provides both types of procedures, notes that this report jibes with what they ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... , ... July 20, 2017 , ... “Fidget”: a fun-filled, ... a retired public high school music and drama teacher who was a summa cum ... career, including a “Teacher of the Year” award. After her retirement from public school, ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... July 18, 2017 , ... CannaKids, a California Cooperative Cooperation that specializes in ... at the WORLDZ Summit, taking place in Hollywood from July 31-August 1, the ... medical cannabis for both pediatric and adult patients, and how the path has led ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/11/2017)... 2017  The global market for liquid biopsy diagnostic ... million in 2016.  Although in early stages, the global ... particular as a result of the gradual shift towards ... introduction of a significant number of new liquid biopsy ... tumor biomarkers to guide treatment decisions. ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... -- Dr. Echenberg, founder of Echenberg Institute, is announcing a new safe and ... painful intercourse and other painful pelvic pain conditions such as pelvic floor ... ... ... -based start-up company, VuVatech LLC, fills a void in the women,s ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... CLEVELAND , July 10, 2017  US medical ... billion in 2021, according to Medical Equipment ... released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Continued increases in demand ... the aging of the population and supported by gains ... associated equipment and supplies. New product introductions will also ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: