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Keywords:

  • spirituality;
  • spiritual care;
  • holistic care;
  • nurse's role;
  • interdisciplinary team

Abstract

This paper argues that although health-care professionals claim to deliver holistic care, spirituality is overlooked. This may be because of lack of recognition of this role in nursing and secularization of the contemporary society. The findings of this descriptive exploratory study originated from nurses (n = 77), chaplains (n = 71) and patients with myocardial infarction (n = 53). Spiritual care was perceived as an integral part of the nurse's role in liaison with the interdisciplinary team. While taking into consideration the factors which may inhibit or enhance the delivery of spiritual care, recommendations address further research, education and management of patient care. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.