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Spiritual Nursing Care: State of the Art

McEwen, Melanie PhD, RN

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Until recently, little attention has been given to spiritual dimensions in the nursing literature. This article reviews spiritual nursing care in the nursing literature, including basic concepts and current thoughts on spirituality-related research. In addition, it describes mechanisms that may be used to promote spiritual care and outlines the need to enhance research efforts in this vital area.

School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Corresponding author: Melanie McEwen, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 6091 Bertner St, Suite 730, Houston, TX 77030 (e-mail: Melanie.M.McEwen@uth.tmc.edu).

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.