Demystifying spiritual care: let’s start with what it isn’t
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Demystifying spiritual care: let’s start with what it isn’t

Helen Wordsworth Nurse, Baptist minister and the founding chief executive, Parish Nursing Ministries UK

Meeting patients’ spiritual needs may or may not be about faith, but it’s always about learning what matters to patients and helping them find strength

What is spiritual care and how do I practise it? If this is a question you find yourself asking, it might be useful first to get some common misunderstandings about the nature of spiritual care out of the way, and then attempt to answer it. Let’s begin by stating what spiritual care is not:

Nursing Standard. 35, 9, 19-20. doi: 10.7748/ns.35.9.19.s12

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