|dc.contributor.author||Best, Megan Claire||-|
|dc.description.abstract||International research indicates that patients would like doctors to ask them about spirituality but that it is uncommon.
This thesis aimed to explore whether Australian patients would like their doctors to ask them about their spirituality. Subsequently, doctors were interviewed regarding their perspectives on the matter, and to explain how they went about providing spiritual care to cancer patients.
This thesis is comprised of three separate studies: a grounded theory study of 15 patients with advanced cancer; a grounded theory study of 23 doctors who care for patients with advanced cancer; and an online survey of palliative care doctors (n=158).
Australian patients wanted their doctors to ask them about spirituality in the medical consultation. Doctors could promote spiritual wellbeing by providing good information within a holistic relationship. Generally doctors do not often ask their patients about spirituality, despite high interest. Experienced doctors described a delicate, skilled, tailored process where doctors endeavored to create a space where patients felt safe to discuss intimate topics. Training in spiritual care and development of personal spirituality were the strongest predictors of provision.
Work is needed to overcome the barriers and improve training for doctors in spiritual care to meet patient need.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Sydney Medical School||en_AU|
|dc.rights||The author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.||en_AU|
|dc.title||Spiritual care of patients with advanced cancer and the role of the doctor||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.||en_AU|
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