Lack of training means lack of spiritual care at end of life

12/27/2012 | Reuters

Attending to the spiritual care of patients is important, but a lack of training is an obstacle to providing it, according to a survey of nurses and doctors at Boston hospitals. The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. "We can't practice what we don't know. Physicians and nurses have never been taught to access and respond to spiritual need," said nursing professor Betty Ferrell, who leads End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium workshops and who was not involved in the survey.

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