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BACKGROUND Discussion of religion and/or spirituality in the medical consultation is desired by patients and known to be beneficial. However, it is infrequent. We aimed to identify why this is so. AIM We set out to answer the following research questions: Do doctors report that they ask their patients about religion and/or spirituality and how do they do(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this systematic literature review was to ascertain the patient perspective regarding the role of the doctor in the discussion of spirituality. METHODS We conducted a systematic search in ten databases from inception to January 2015. Eligible papers reported on original research including patient reports of discussion of spirituality(More)
OBJECTIVE An important goal of cancer medicine is relief of patients' suffering. In view of the clinical challenges of identifying suffering patients, we sought to identify valid instruments for assessing the spiritual suffering of people diagnosed with cancer. METHOD A systematic review of the literature was conducted in the Medline, Embase, the Cochrane(More)
OBJECTIVE Spiritual history taking by physicians is recommended as part of palliative care. Nevertheless, very few studies have explored the way that experienced physicians undertake this task. METHOD Using grounded theory, semistructured interviews were conducted with 23 physicians who had experience in caring for advanced cancer patients. They were(More)
OBJECTIVE Patient suffering is a neglected area of care, partly because of poor definitions. The aim of this study was to distill what is currently known about suffering in the health literature in order to generate a conceptual basis for further research. METHODS A systematic review focusing on suffering across all cancers was undertaken. The search(More)
BACKGROUND Being at peace is important for the quality of life of dying cancer patients, but its features, and the role of the doctor in facilitating peace, are unclear. AIM We sought to understand the features of a peaceful patient, and patients' preferences regarding the role of the doctor in facilitating a sense of peace. DESIGN A grounded theory(More)
Spiritual care is reported as important for cancer patients, but the role of the doctor in its provision is unclear. We undertook to understand the nature of spiritual support for Australian cancer patients and their preferences regarding spiritual care from doctors. Using grounded theory, semistructured interviews were conducted with 15 cancer patients(More)
A previous survey of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) members found low frequency of spiritual care provision. We hypothesized that physicians with special training in palliative medicine would demonstrate an increased sense of responsibility for and higher self-reported adequacy to provide spiritual care to patients than(More)
BACKGROUND Holistic suffering is a debilitating problem for cancer patients. Although many treatments have been suggested for its alleviation, they have not been compared for effectiveness. AIM This literature review seeks to identify what interventions are effective in treatment of holistic suffering of cancer patients. DESIGN A systematic review was(More)
Arata Abe Lee Akst Jacqueline Allen Edmilton Almeida Sheila Almeida Kenneth Altman Andreas Anagiotos Lica Arakawa-Sugueno Viridiana Arreola Joan C. Arvedson Arash Babaei Hideki Bando Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer Peter Belafsky William Berger Arnaud Bewley Shobna Bhatia Joel Blumin Jonathan Bock Heather Bonilha Matthew Brigger Deanna Britton Martin Brodsky(More)