The role of the general practitioner and the district nurse in managing spiritual needs of patients at the end of life
09 / 2005 - 07 / 2008
OBJECTIVES: To define the form and content of spiritual domestic care at the end of life; to identify the role of general practitioners and district nurses in managing spiritual needs; and to identify the barriers to providing adequate spiritual care by general practitioners and district nurses. METHODS: Definitions of spiritual end-of-life care will be identified using a literature study. Findings of the literature study will be presented to and corroborated with eight experienced expert carers (social workers, psychologists, clergymen) in interviews. Researchers will conduct interviews with 30 general practitioners and 30 district nurses regarding their role in spiritual care at the end of life. In addition, three general practitioners and three district nurses will be selected for focus-group discussions aimed at identifying barriers to providing adequate spiritual care.