Spiritual well-being as a dimension of quality of life for patients with advanced cancer and AIDS and their family caregivers: Results of a longitudinal study Article

cited authors

  • Sherman, DW; Ye, XY; McSherry, C; Calabrese, M; Parkas, V; Gatto, M

fiu authors

abstract

  • Based on a longitudinal, quality-of-life study, this article presents pilot data regarding the spiritual well-being of patients with advanced cancer or AIDS and their family caregivers. Data include similarities and differences between the patient and caregiver populations and patient/family caregiver dyads as well as trends with regard to changes in spiritual well-being during the illness and dying process. The reliability of the Spiritual Well-Being Scale1 was examined for patient and caregiver groups, as was the relationship between selected demographic variables and spiritual well-being. Implications for practice are discussed.

publication date

  • January 1, 2005

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 349

end page

  • 362

volume

  • 22

issue

  • 5