Psychosocial and spiritual distress

Batya Reckson, Karen Terry, Whitley Butler, Deborah Marin

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Palliative care is dedicated to treating the whole person, which includes the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual arenas—known as the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care. With attention to all of these domains of care, palliative care clinicians strive to attend to the “total pain” of their patients, including psychosocial and spiritual distress. The provision of palliative care is an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor. Collaboration across disciplines and with multidisciplinary teams is essential for the holistic care of the patient. This chapter will provide an overview of the psychosocial and spiritual needs of cancer patients undergoing palliative radiation treatment as well as the roles of oncology social workers and oncology chaplains in attending to psychosocial and spiritual distress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalliative Radiation Oncology
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780323876889
ISBN (Print)9780323876896
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • chaplaincy
  • radiation oncology psychosocial and spiritual distress
  • social work


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