Older adults' spiritual needs in health care settings: A qualitative meta-synthesis

David Hodge, Violet E. Horvath, Heather Larkin, Angela L. Curl

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Abstract

Recognizing that spiritual needs often emerge in health care settings, the Joint Commission requires spiritual assessments in numerous organizations frequented by older adults. Given that many gerontological practitioners have received little training in identifying spiritual needs, a qualitative meta-synthesis (N = 9 studies) was conducted to identify and describe older adults' perceptions of their spiritual needs in health care settings. Five interrelated categories emerged: (a) spiritual practices; (b) relationship with God; (c) hope, meaning, and purpose; (d) interpersonal connection; and (e) professional staff interactions. The implications of the findings are discussed as they inform the spiritual assessment process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-155
Number of pages25
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Meta-synthesis
  • Older adults
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Spiritual needs
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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