What are spiritual needs?

Ramon Bayés Sopena, F. X. Borràs Hernández

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One of the aims of Palliative Care is to attend to spiritual needs of the patient, along with his/her physical, emotional, and social needs. To achieve this aim, it is necessary to get: a) a definiton of what "spiritual needs" are; b) a comprehensive model that integrates spiritual needs as part of the global attention dispensed to the patient, and allows health professionals to cope with his/her spiritual needs without compromising their own values and beliefs; c) screening and assessing instruments, sensitive both to individual differences and temporal changes; and d) intervention strategies to cope with spiritual needs when necessary. Within the frame of Palliative Care, a pragmatic approach of spirituality and spiritual needs is proposed, centered on patient's verbal and non verbal behaviour, and on how an appropiate management of them can effectively contribute to lessen patient's suffering. Copyright © 2005 Arán Ediciones, S.L.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-107
JournalMedicina Paliativa
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005


  • Death process
  • Palliative Care
  • Spiritual needs
  • Spirituality


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