Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Spirituality within Dementia Care: The Perceptions of Health Professionals. (Focus on Research)

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Spirituality within Dementia Care: The Perceptions of Health Professionals. (Focus on Research)

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Jennifer Bursell Spirituality within dementia care: the perceptions of health professionals. University of Leeds, York St John College, 2008. MSc in Professional Health Studies.

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of spirituality within mental health services (Swinton 2001, Mental Health Foundation 2007). It has been specifically recognised that patients with dementia should have their spiritual needs addressed (Shamy 2003, Goldsmith 2004, Wallace 2004). The aim of this study is to investigate health professionals' understanding of spirituality within dementia care, their perceptions of how patients' spiritual needs are met and by whom. The objectives are to analyse the common themes of health professionals regarding their understanding of spirituality, to determine health professionals' perceptions and how patients' spiritual needs should be met within dementia care and to evaluate who should provide the spiritual care to patients with dementia. A phenomenological approach was chosen and semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 11 different health professionals (four nurses, two occupational therapists, two physiotherapists, two doctors and one speech and language therapist). …

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