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Vol 7, No 2 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-06-27
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Gaps in the provision of spiritual care for terminally ill patients in Islamic societies - a systematic review

Mohsen Asadi-Lari, Zahra Madjd, Sayyed Ashrafeddin Goushegir
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(2):73-80.

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Vol 7, No 2 (2008)
Original articles
Published online: 2008-06-27

Abstract

Background. Islam has a profound concept about death and aftermath. Believing in living after death and resurrection is one of the three main principles of Islam. Since the increasing incidence of people in need of palliative care in developing countries and the fact that Muslims, who dominantly live in developing world, are very dependent on spirituality, describing the ways that spiritual care is described and provided in the Islamic context is highly demanded. This paper aims at delineating original research in this subject in a systematic manner.
Method. Several medical databases were reviewed in a systematic manner to investigate original quantitative or qualitative researches about providing spiritual care in Muslim societies.
Results. Searching main databases lead to identifying 84 articles alongside with 18 papers from hand searching, which all were reviewed by two investigators. Of this collection, only five papers met the criteria as being original research either quantitative or qualitative, published during the last 10 years. Cultural background plays an important role. Our findings conceded that very few papers are available in Islamic context about spiritual care at the end of life, where only three were quantitative. Research in this field, however, is rapidly growing compared with the previous year.
Conclusion. While cancer is rapidly increasing specially in developing world, the need of terminally ill patients with other conditions should be equally considered. Spirituality in Islamic societies does exist profoundly, which needs more research especially in terminal life and even bereavement.

Abstract

Background. Islam has a profound concept about death and aftermath. Believing in living after death and resurrection is one of the three main principles of Islam. Since the increasing incidence of people in need of palliative care in developing countries and the fact that Muslims, who dominantly live in developing world, are very dependent on spirituality, describing the ways that spiritual care is described and provided in the Islamic context is highly demanded. This paper aims at delineating original research in this subject in a systematic manner.
Method. Several medical databases were reviewed in a systematic manner to investigate original quantitative or qualitative researches about providing spiritual care in Muslim societies.
Results. Searching main databases lead to identifying 84 articles alongside with 18 papers from hand searching, which all were reviewed by two investigators. Of this collection, only five papers met the criteria as being original research either quantitative or qualitative, published during the last 10 years. Cultural background plays an important role. Our findings conceded that very few papers are available in Islamic context about spiritual care at the end of life, where only three were quantitative. Research in this field, however, is rapidly growing compared with the previous year.
Conclusion. While cancer is rapidly increasing specially in developing world, the need of terminally ill patients with other conditions should be equally considered. Spirituality in Islamic societies does exist profoundly, which needs more research especially in terminal life and even bereavement.
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Keywords

spiritual care; terminally ill patients

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Title

Gaps in the provision of spiritual care for terminally ill patients in Islamic societies - a systematic review

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 7, No 2 (2008)

Pages

73-80

Published online

2008-06-27

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(2):73-80.

Keywords

spiritual care
terminally ill patients

Authors

Mohsen Asadi-Lari
Zahra Madjd
Sayyed Ashrafeddin Goushegir

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