Developing a Model to Address African Americans' Spiritual Needs During Hospitalization

David Hodge, Robin Bonifas, Fei Sun, Robert J. Wolosin

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Abstract

Research suggests that African Americans are disproportionately likely to have their spiritual needs ignored in hospitals. To help address this disparity, the present study developed and tested a model for addressing the spiritual needs of hospitalized African Americans. Structural equation modeling was used with a sample of older African American inpatients (N = 2,217) consecutively discharged over a 12-month period from hospitals from four geographic regions. As hypothesized, addressing spiritual needs had a positive effect on overall satisfaction with service provision. The relationship between spiritual needs and satisfaction was fully mediated by five variables: nursing, the discharge process, physicians, visitors, and room quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-405
Number of pages20
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • African Americans
  • hospitals
  • religion
  • spiritual needs
  • spirituality

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)

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Developing a Model to Address African Americans' Spiritual Needs During Hospitalization. / Hodge, David; Bonifas, Robin; Sun, Fei; Wolosin, Robert J.

In: Clinical Gerontologist, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2014, p. 386-405.

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Hodge, David ; Bonifas, Robin ; Sun, Fei ; Wolosin, Robert J. / Developing a Model to Address African Americans' Spiritual Needs During Hospitalization. In: Clinical Gerontologist. 2014 ; Vol. 37, No. 4. pp. 386-405.
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