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Spirituality among family caregivers in palliative care: an integrative literature review.

Lalani, Nasreen; Duggleby, Wendy; Olson, Joanne.
Int J Palliat Nurs; 24(2): 80-91, 2018 Feb 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Fev 2018 | ID: mdl-29469645
Resumo: BACKGROUND: Family caregivers experience spiritual and existential concerns while caring for their terminally ill family members. AIM: To evaluate and synthesise studies on spirituality among family caregivers in palliative care. DESIGN: An integrative literature review of peer-reviewed articles published between 2000 and 2016. SAMPLE: Participants were family caregivers (parents, spouses, relatives or friends) caring for an adult (age>18 years) family member with a terminal illness in a palliative care setting. RESULTS: Data from 26 published research papers were systematically analysed. Five themes were identified regarding spirituality and family caregiving: a close and meaningful connection, spirituality as a way of coping, spiritual needs and expressions among family caregivers, spirituality to transcend fears, and spirituality in family caregivers' decision-making. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Nurses are encouraged to explore the spirituality and spiritual experiences of family caregivers to support their spiritual wellbeing while caring for their terminally ill family members.