How family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants incorporate spiritual care in practice
Article first published online: 1 DEC 2009
© 2009 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2009 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 21, Issue 12, pages 690–697, December 2009
How to Cite
Tanyi, R. A., McKenzie, M. and Chapek, C. (2009), How family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants incorporate spiritual care in practice. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 21: 690–697. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2009.00459.x
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 1 DEC 2009
- Received: April 2008; accepted: August 2008
- family practice;
- qualitative study;
- primary care providers;
- barriers to spiritual care
Purpose: To investigate how primary care family practice providers incorporate spirituality into their practices in spite of documented barriers.
Data Sources: A phenomenological qualitative design was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with three physicians, five nurse practitioners, and two physician assistants.
Conclusions: Five major theme clusters emerged: (1) discerning instances for overt spiritual assessment; (2) displaying a genuine and caring attitude; (3) encouraging the use of existing spiritual practices; (4) documenting spiritual care for continuity of care; (5) managing perceived barriers to spiritual care.
Implications for Practice: Findings support that patients' spiritual needs can be addressed in spite of documented barriers. Techniques to assist providers in providing spiritual care are discussed and directions for future research are suggested.