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|Title:||What are the core elements of oncology spiritual care programs?|
Hagen, Neil A.
|Keywords:||Spirituality;Health services research;Cancer program development;Chaplaincy;Organizational design|
|Citation:||Sinclair, Shane, Marlene Mysak, and Neil A. Hagen. (2009). What are the core elements of oncology spiritual care programs? Palliative and Supportive Care, 7.|
|Abstract:||Tending to the spiritual needs of patients has begun to be formally recognized by professional spiritual care providers, health care councils, and health delivery systems over the last 30 years. Recognition of these programs has coincided with evidence-based research on the effect of spirituality on health. Palliative care has served as a forerunner to an integrated professional spiritual care approach, recognizing the importance of addressing the spiritual needs of the dying from its inauguration withinWestern medicine almost 50 years ago. Oncology programs have also begun to recognize the importance of spirituality to patients along the cancer continuum, especially those who are approaching the end of life. Although standards and best practice guidelines have been established and incorporated into practice, little is known about the actual factors affecting the practice of spiritual care programs or professional chaplains working within an oncology setting.|
|Appears in Collections:||Sinclair, Shane|
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