Guilherme, Caroline; de Carvalho, Emilia Campos
March 2011
Journal of Nursing UFPE / Revista de Enfermagem UFPE;Mar2011, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p290
Academic Journal
Objective: to address the spiritual dimension and nursing in the light of interventions in the presence or risk of spiritual distress in cancer patients. Methodology: this is a reflection on the possible contributions of nursing interventions to solve the abovementioned diagnoses, particularly those resulting from practical application results. Results: nursing has interventions at its disposal for these two diagnoses, included in the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) and in the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®). The interventions with the best evidence level for application in cancer patients are: music therapy, guided imaging, therapeutic touch, progressive muscle relaxation, distant intercessory prayer, reminiscence therapy, affective support group and meditation. Conclusion: in view of the representativeness of the cancer patient population, as well as the importance of studies on spiritual distress problems, it is relevant to discuss spirituality in nursing, identifying interventions nurses can apply to cancer patients in clinical practice. Descriptors: nursing; spirituality; distress.


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