Spiritual care recommendations for people from Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups receiving palliative care in the UK

The Cicely Saunders Institute has produced a report concerning spiritual care recommendations for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups receiving palliative care in the UK. The holistic approach of palliative care addresses physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems.

The paucity of research and recommendations concerning spiritual care for people from BME groups has given impetus to this report, which aims to inform the provision of spiritual care for people from BME groups receiving palliative care across the UK by providing evidence-based guidance for palliative care service providers (Selman et al. 2010).

The recommendations are based on the findings of a project entitled ‘Spiritual care for patients from sub-Saharan Africa receiving palliative care in the UK’, which aimed to translate findings from a study conducted in South Africa and Uganda to the UK context (Ibid.). The recommendations also incorporate the views of over 30 experts in spiritual and cultural aspects of ‘supportive and palliative care’ (Ibid.).

Links

Full report

Executive summary

Lay summary

Reference

Selman, L., Harding, R., Speck, P., Robinson, V., Aguma, A., Rhys, A. et al. (2010). Spiritual care recommendations for people from Black and minority ethnic groups receiving palliative care in the UK Dept. Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London.

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