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Sjuksköterskors erfarenheter av faktorer som påverkar andligt stöd i palliativt skede: En litteraturstudie
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2021 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Nurses' experiences of factors that influence spiritual support in the palliative phase (English)
Abstract [en]

Background An estimated 56,8 million people around the world need palliative care. Physical, mental, and spiritual needs need to be met to achieve well-being and alleviate suffering at the end of life. Nurses are responsible for maintaining the patient´s general condition, relieve symptoms and being a support during all phases of the disease.

Aim The aim of this study was to investigate nurses' experiences of factors that influence spiritual support in the palliative care phase.

Method A qualitative method was chosen to investigate nurses' experiences of factors that influence spiritual support in the palliative care phase. The literature review consisted of ten scientific articles from CINAHL and PUBMED.

Results Two main themes emerged: Hindering factors of spiritual support and enabling factors of spiritual support. The nurses experienced lack of time and competence as an obstacle to being a spiritual support towards patients in a palliative phase. These factors affected the nurses to feel inadequate. The verbal communication and nonverbal presence together with nurse’s own spirituality and including the family proved to be important tools in the spiritual support of patients in a palliative phase.

Conclusion The nurses need to be present and not rush the spiritual support. The nurses need to apply the nonverbal presence when words have no meaning, as well as the need to includethe family members and relatives as much as required. They also need to be updated in the latest research topic and have a genuine interest in the patients and their own spirituality. The purpose for the nurse is to mediate individual spiritual support to patient´s in the palliative phase. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. , p. 31
Keywords [en]
Factors, Nurses experiences, Palliative, Spirituality, Support
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-16404Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-16404DiVA, id: diva2:1539897
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Nursing science
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Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2021-04-06 Created: 2021-03-25 Last updated: 2021-04-06Bibliographically approved

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