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Spiritual needs and spiritual care for veterans at end of life and their families
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care (2012)
  • Bei-Hung Chang, Boston University
  • Nathan R. Stein, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Kelly Trevino, Harvard Medical School
  • Max Stewart, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Ann Hendricks, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Lara M. Skarf, VA Boston Healthcare System
Spiritual care is an important domain of palliative care programs across the country and in the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System specifically. This qualitative study assessed the spiritual needs, spiritual care received, and satisfaction with spiritual care of both Veterans at the end of life and their families. Seventeen Veterans and 9 family members participated. They expressed a wide range of spiritual needs, including a wish of Veterans to have a better understanding of traumatic events that occurred during their combat experience. Some Veterans reported military experience enhanced their spirituality. Generally, respondents reported satisfaction with VA spiritual care, but indicated that Veterans may benefit from greater access to VA chaplains and explicit discussion of the impact of their military experience on their spirituality.
Publication Date
December, 2012
Citation Information
Chang BH, Stein NR, Trevino K, Stewart M, Hendricks A, Skarf LM. Spiritual needs and spiritual care for veterans at end of life and their families. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Dec;29(8):610-7. doi: 10.1177/1049909111434139. PubMed PMID: 22363038.