Spiritual well-being as a dimension of quality of life for patients with advanced cancer and AIDS and their family caregivers: Results of a longitudinal study

Deborah Witt Sherman, Xiang Y. Ye, Christina McSherry, Miriam Calabrese, Valerie Parkas, Maria Gatto

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Abstract

Based on a longitudinal, quality-of-life study, this article presents pilot data regarding the spiritual well-being of patients with advanced cancer or AIDS and their family caregivers. Data include similarities and differences between the patient and caregiver populations and patient/family caregiver dyads as well as trends with regard to changes in spiritual well-being during the illness and dying process. The reliability of the Spiritual Well-Being Scale1 was examined for patient and caregiver groups, as was the relationship between selected demographic variables and spiritual well-being. Implications for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-362
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver
  • End of life
  • Quality of life

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