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Literature Review on Spiritual Care in Nursing

This article is to review literature from 2011 to 2015 on spiritual care in nursing using CINAHL. In this article, the keywords “systematic review,” “spiritual care,” and “nursing” were used to search the CINAHL database. Initially a total of 19 articles were identified; however, 11 papers were reviewed after excluding the inappropriate articles following six categories as the definition of spirituality, concept analysis of spiritual care, spiritual assessment, spiritual care on the clinical settings, ethical issues, and nursing education. In conclusion and suggestions, spiritual care should assess from generic to specific aspects, and develop the comprehensive assessment steps for spiritual care in nursing. Additionally, the mixed method is suggested to study spiritual care in nursing for obtaining consistent findings and exploring the patients’ unique spiritual experiences. Nursing researchers should apply the manual therapeutic life review interventions for existential and religious domains as the evidence-based interventions for spiritual care in the different care units to generalize the validity of these spiritual interventions.

Author(s): Ya-Lie Ku

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