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Spirituality As a Coping Mechanism for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Reynolds, Diane

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000392
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that can render individuals totally disabled. Spiritual practices can help mitigate stress and provide a source of strength in PD. This article demonstrates a gap that exists between PD and spiritual coping specific research; discusses existing spiritual coping research in chronic illness; and explores the use of spirituality in managing PD care. Healthcare providers need to provide holistic care and explore mechanisms to assist individuals to manage the demands of living with PD.

Diane Reynolds, EdD, RN, is a retired associate professor of nursing at Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 05/04/2016.

© 2017 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship