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Pathway to accommodate patients' spiritual needs

Cook, C.C.H.; Breckon, J.; Jay, C.; Renwick, L.; Walker, P.

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J. Breckon

C. Jay

L. Renwick

P. Walker


Many service users would like their spiritual needs to be taken into account during treatment and doing so has been shown to have positive benefits. However, this rarely happens in practice. Barriers to healthcare professionals providing spiritual care include embarrassment, lack of awareness and training, fear and lack of time. This article describes the development of a spirituality care pathway as part of a wider organisational initiative to offer spiritual support in mental health services. The process highlighted the importance of developing awareness and ownership of the need for spiritual care in all service areas and among service users. A range of spiritual interventions were identified and a process of monitoring and review introduced. The approach was appreciated by service users and staff, and was developed within existing professional and management processes.


Cook, C., Breckon, J., Jay, C., Renwick, L., & Walker, P. (2012). Pathway to accommodate patients' spiritual needs. Nursing Management, 19(2), 33-37.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 19, 2012
Publication Date May 26, 2012
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jun 26, 2015
Journal Nursing Management
Print ISSN 1354-5760
Publisher RCN Publishing (RCNi)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 33-37
Keywords Mental health services, Spiritual care.


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