THE SPIRITUAL WELLBEING OF TERMINALLY ILL PEOPLE AND THE SPIRITUAL WELL BEING OF APPARENTLY HEALTHY PEOPLE

  • Beatriz Sánchez Herrera Profesora titular Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Facultad de Enfermería. email: beatrizsanchezb@gmail.com
Keywords: hospice care, spirituality, terminally ill

Abstract

Objective:  The main objective of the study was to describe and compare the spiritual wellbeing of people with terminal illness with the spiritual well being of apparently healthy people.

Methodology: the study was developed with a quantitative, descriptive and comparative approach.  It included 44 patients hospitalized at the Luis Carlos Galan Clinic and 44 people with similar characteristics but apparently healthy. The spiritual well being was measured with the Ellison Spiritual Wellbeing Scale®.

Results: the general level of spiritual well being of the people with terminal illness was high as well as its religious component. The level of the existential component of the spiritual well being in the same group was medium.  In the apparently healthy people the general level of spiritual wellbeing and the level of its religious and existential components were high.

Conclusion: when the spiritual wellbeing of people withterminal illness was compared with the spiritual well being of apparently healthy people, a higher general spiritual well being and a higher existential component of the spiritual wellbeing was found in the group of the apparently healthy people.   No differences were found in the religious component of the spiritual wellbeing between the groups.

 

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Published
2009-05-04
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Sánchez Herrera B. (2009). THE SPIRITUAL WELLBEING OF TERMINALLY ILL PEOPLE AND THE SPIRITUAL WELL BEING OF APPARENTLY HEALTHY PEOPLE. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 27(1). Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/iee/article/view/2828
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