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Psychosocial needs in cancer patients related to religious belief.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2003
<mark>Journal</mark>Palliative Medicine
Issue number1
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)49-54
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In a study of psychosocial needs amongst cancer patients, the possession of a religious faith has been identified as a significant factor in determining a range of psychosocial needs. Of the 354 respondents to a questionnaire, which included a comprehensive psychosocial needs inventory, 83% said they had a religious faith, and in general these patients were less reliant on health professionals, had less need for information, attached less importance to the maintenance of independence and had less need for help with feelings of guilt, with their sexuality or with some practical matters than those who said they had no religious faith. In addition, they had fewer unmet needs overall (32% compared with 52%). The knowledge of a patient's spirituality should help service providers to predict aspects of psychosocial need and to respond sensitively and appropriately to a patient's experience of cancer.

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