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Assessing the Spiritual Needs and Practices of Oncology Patients in Turkey

Dedeli, Ozden MSc, PhD; Yildiz, Emel MSc; Yuksel, Safak MD

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000070

The purpose of this study was to assess the oncology patients' spiritual needs and activities. Besides, the study was to provide clinical evaluation of the feasibility and usefulness of the Patients Spiritual Needs Assessment Scale. This descriptive and cross-sectional study was performed by using a demographic and spiritual practices questionnaire, the Turkish version of the Patients Spiritual Needs Assessment Scale. The results of our study demonstrated that the most common spiritual needs of patients with cancer were “to address issues before death and dying” (100%), “feel a sense of peace and contentment” (94.8%), and “for companionship” (93.5%). Spiritually assessing a patient with cancer requires knowledge of how spiritual needs may manifest and how to talk with a client about his or her spiritual needs. These findings can help nurses to begin this process of providing spiritual care for patients with cancer.

Department of Internal Medicine, Celal Bayar University School of Health, Manisa, Turkey (Dr Dedeli); Celal Bayar University Institute of Health Sciences, Manisa, Turkey (Ms Yildiz); and Department of Hematology and Oncology Unit, State Hospital in Manisa, Turkey (Dr Yuksel).

Correspondence: Ozden Dedeli, MSc, PhD, Celal Bayar Universitesi Manisa Saglik Yuksekokulu Istasyon Mevkii 45020 Manisa, Turkiye (

The authors thank local health authority in Manisa, and the persons who participated in this study.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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