The Spiritual Health of Oncology Patients: A Comparison of Nurse and Patient Perceptions
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2019-03-26T19:43:03Z
Author(s)Highfield, Martha Ellen Farrar
Author DetailsMartha E Highfield
Lead Author Sigma AffliationGamma Tau at-Large
Level of EvidenceCross-Sectional
Research ApproachQuantitative Research
CINAHL HeadingsCancer Patients--Psychosocial Factors; Attitude of Health Personnel; Oncologic Nursing; Spirituality; Cancer Patients
Nurses who are committed to care of the whole person must be knowledgeable about patients' spiritual needs. This descriptive, cross-sectional survey was designed to investigate the spiritual health of oncology patients. Parallel nurse ($r$ =.89) and patient ($r$ =.77) Spiritual Health Inventories (SHI) and demographic sheets were distributed to a convenience sample of 40 nurse-inpatient pairs from two hospitals. Respondents included 23 patients with primary lung cancer and 27 Registered Nurses. Patients reported a normatively high level of spiritual health, positively related both to age ($p < .02$) and physical well-being ($p < .014$). Analysis of 21 matched nurse-patient SHI scores indicated that nurse respondents inaccurately assessed their patients' spiritual health. Patients and nurses ranked family members or friends and clergypersons as priority choices of spiritual caregivers. Although not generalizable, findings should assist in future studies.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 9023048; ProQuest document ID: 303820885. The author still retains copyright.
Advisor(s)Adamson, Carolyn M.
Degree GrantorTexas Woman's University
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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