Spiritual Care and its Impact Among Care Givers: Results of Survey from Teaching Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan

Maha Tahir, Babar Irfan, Omar Irfan, Kashmira Nanji, Waris Qidwai

Abstract


Objective: Spiritual needs have been of great importance in care giving both religiously and culturally
in our society. The aim of this study was to investigate the importance of spiritual needs of care givers
and role of spiritual support in care giving.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted during July to September, 2015 at a tertiary care
teaching hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Participants 18 years old and above, involved in care giving
to a family member were consecutively recruited. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to assess
information and SPSS was used for data analysis.
Results: A total of 400 participants were recruited. About 54% of the participants were males. Most
of the participants (80%) feel that care giving gets easy with spiritual support.
Conclusion: Spiritual care has favorable impact on psychological and spiritual well being of care
givers. Physicians need to be aware of the value held for religious beliefs and spiritual implementation
by patients and their care givers

Keywords


Spiritual need, Care givers, Impact, Pakistan

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