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Primary Spiritual Care

People with progressive disorders nowadays live longer and longer at home and often die outside an institution, where mental care is not or hardly available. In addition, the beliefs of patients, their loved ones and caregivers are no longer easy to classify according to classical church or religious orientations. There is a great diversity and diversity in this area. This means that spiritual care itself must also respond to a diversity of existential needs among patients and next of kin, while it is not always clear how this can be done in a good way. A range of mental care services has been developed within various Palliative Care Networks. In addition, a number of promising and effective methods of mental care have been developed in recent years.

These models are based on a narrative paradigm: they focus on working with the life story, exploring what is of ultimate importance in this life story, working through narrative with hope, and promoting dialogue on existential questions from different philosophical or religious points of view.

The question of this project is threefold:

  1. What are good interventions or methods of spiritual care in primary palliative care, and how can these interventions be implemented?
  2. What are hampering and helping factors for a good implementation of spiritual care in primary palliative care?
  3. How do these interventions affect the quality of life for patients and informal carers?

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