Holyoke, P. & Stephenson, B. BMC Palliative Care | Published online: 11 April 2017
Background: Though most models of palliative care specifically include spiritual care as an essential element, secular health care organizations struggle with supporting spiritual care for people who are dying and their families. Organizations often leave responsibility for such care with individual care providers, some of whom are comfortable with this role and well supported, others who are not. This study looked to hospice programs founded and operated on specific spiritual foundations to identify, if possible, organizational-level practices that support high-quality spiritual care that then might be applied in secular healthcare organizations.
Conclusions: These Principles, and the practices underlying them, could increase the quality of spiritual care offered by secular health care organizations at the end of life.
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