Psychosocial needs in cancer patients related to religious belief.

McIllmurray, M. B. and Francis, B. J. and Harman, J. C. and Morris, S. M. and Soothill, K. L. and Thomas, C. (2003) Psychosocial needs in cancer patients related to religious belief. Palliative Medicine, 17 (1). pp. 49-54. ISSN 0269-2163

Full text not available from this repository.


In a study of psychosocial needs amongst cancer patients, the possession of a religious faith has been identified as a significant factor in determining a range of psychosocial needs. Of the 354 respondents to a questionnaire, which included a comprehensive psychosocial needs inventory, 83% said they had a religious faith, and in general these patients were less reliant on health professionals, had less need for information, attached less importance to the maintenance of independence and had less need for help with feelings of guilt, with their sexuality or with some practical matters than those who said they had no religious faith. In addition, they had fewer unmet needs overall (32% compared with 52%). The knowledge of a patient's spirituality should help service providers to predict aspects of psychosocial need and to respond sensitively and appropriately to a patient's experience of cancer.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Palliative Medicine
Additional Information:
RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Statistics and Operational Research
Uncontrolled Keywords:
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
01 Apr 2008 10:46
Last Modified:
21 Nov 2022 19:19