Spiritual services are important in caring for patients with chronic disease and pain in hospice and palliative care programs. However, the predictive relationship between spiritual services received and pain levels in this setting, particularly for Asian patients, has yet to be investigated. The goal of the present study was to identify this relationship to render better spiritual services for patients who suffer from pain in general and for Asians in particular. The data collected in the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey–Patient Module was used to test two hypotheses: 1) Hospice patients who received spiritual services are those who experience more pain than those who do not receive these services, and 2) Among Asians, there will be more patients who have received spiritual services than those who have not received the services . A sample of N = 9,416 was selected based on spiritual services received, pain levels, and Asian ethnicity. The findings showed that hospice patients who received spiritual services were those who experienced more pain than those who did not receive these services. However, no evidence was found that among Asians, there were more patients receiving spiritual services than those who did not. Practical implications and future directions were discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Spirituality, Health care management|
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