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Conference Paper: Spirituality in Schizophrenia: do patients and healthcare professionals have similar understanding?

TitleSpirituality in Schizophrenia: do patients and healthcare professionals have similar understanding?
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherElsevier France, Editions Scientifiques et Medicales. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/eurpsy
Citation
The 22nd European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA 2014), Munich, Germany, 1-4 March 2014, In European Psychiatry, 2014 v. 29 suppl. 1, article EPA-0752 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: The special mental states such as hallucination and confusion in schizophrenia have been creating obstacles in research in spirituality in this population. Although primary treatment should focus on symptom management, psychosocial and spiritual care should not be neglected. This study aimed to understand spirituality from the perspectives of both the patients and the healthcare professionals and its role in different stages of disease and rehabilitation. METHOD: Schizophrenic patients (n=22) and healthcare professionals including psychiatric doctors, nurses, and social workers (n=19) were recruited from an out-patient clinic of a hospital and a mental health rehabilitation complex. Semi-structured interviews on the meaning and experiences of spirituality, and its role in rehabilitation were conducted, with follow-up interviews when further clarification was needed. Interviews were transcribed into verbatim and analyzed with the assistance of computer software based on Ground theory. Trustworthiness was assured through member checking and peer scrutiny. RESULTS: Both patients and professionals regarded spirituality as an inherent part of the patients’ well-being. Spirituality could be a practice, a way of thinking, sense of peace and fulfillment, and connectedness towards oneself, others, and a higher power. Spiritual experiences were helpful in the rehabilitation phase. However, some patients considered spirituality as apparitional experiences, thus hindered their recovery. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated that the spirituality played a part in patients’ lives and rehabilitation. Findings suggest the importance of spiritual care in this population and provide insights and roadmap for developing spiritual assessments and holistic care in psychiatric context.
DescriptionConference Theme: European Psychiatry Focusing on Body and Mind
Topic: P31 - Schizophrenia: article EPA-0752
This journal suppl. entitled: Abstracts of the 22nd European Congress of Psychiatry
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/206032
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 3.912
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.540

 

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dc.contributor.authorHo, Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorLo, PHYen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, CKPen_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Een_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-20T11:31:26Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-20T11:31:26Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 22nd European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA 2014), Munich, Germany, 1-4 March 2014, In European Psychiatry, 2014 v. 29 suppl. 1, article EPA-0752en_US
dc.identifier.issn0924-9338-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/206032-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: European Psychiatry Focusing on Body and Mind-
dc.descriptionTopic: P31 - Schizophrenia: article EPA-0752-
dc.descriptionThis journal suppl. entitled: Abstracts of the 22nd European Congress of Psychiatry-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The special mental states such as hallucination and confusion in schizophrenia have been creating obstacles in research in spirituality in this population. Although primary treatment should focus on symptom management, psychosocial and spiritual care should not be neglected. This study aimed to understand spirituality from the perspectives of both the patients and the healthcare professionals and its role in different stages of disease and rehabilitation. METHOD: Schizophrenic patients (n=22) and healthcare professionals including psychiatric doctors, nurses, and social workers (n=19) were recruited from an out-patient clinic of a hospital and a mental health rehabilitation complex. Semi-structured interviews on the meaning and experiences of spirituality, and its role in rehabilitation were conducted, with follow-up interviews when further clarification was needed. Interviews were transcribed into verbatim and analyzed with the assistance of computer software based on Ground theory. Trustworthiness was assured through member checking and peer scrutiny. RESULTS: Both patients and professionals regarded spirituality as an inherent part of the patients’ well-being. Spirituality could be a practice, a way of thinking, sense of peace and fulfillment, and connectedness towards oneself, others, and a higher power. Spiritual experiences were helpful in the rehabilitation phase. However, some patients considered spirituality as apparitional experiences, thus hindered their recovery. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated that the spirituality played a part in patients’ lives and rehabilitation. Findings suggest the importance of spiritual care in this population and provide insights and roadmap for developing spiritual assessments and holistic care in psychiatric context.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier France, Editions Scientifiques et Medicales. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/eurpsy-
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Psychiatryen_US
dc.titleSpirituality in Schizophrenia: do patients and healthcare professionals have similar understanding?en_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailHo, R: tinho@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, CKP: kpcchan@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailChen, E: eyhchen@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0924-9338(14)78100-3-
dc.identifier.hkuros240780en_US
dc.identifier.volume29-
dc.identifier.issuesuppl. 1-
dc.publisher.placeFrance-

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