Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, Vol 7, No 1 (2019)

Recognizing and Responding to the Spiritual Needs of Adults from Minority Religious Groups in Acute, Chronic and Palliative UK Healthcare Contexts: An Explorative Review

Martyn Skinner, Eileen Cowey
Issued Date: 26 Apr 2019

Abstract


The article reports on the findings of a systematised literature review (SLR) of how the spiritual needs of adults from minority religious groups are recognized and responded to in UK healthcare contexts. Implications for the training and practice of healthcare professionals, including chaplains, is considered. Among conclusions: healthcare staff would benefit from on-going training concerning delivering quality individualized spiritual care to people from minority religious groups. For the SLR databases, bibliographies, citations, journals and grey literature were searched. Inclusion criteria were: primary research; in English; published July 2007-September 2017; articles, books and unpublished reports; adults; acute, chronic and palliative healthcare, UK articles and contexts. Themes from 18 studies were synthesized within seven categories of spiritual need, showing a range from inadequate to excellent care being offered to Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus in six of these. 

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DOI: 10.1558/hscc.36718

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