Patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have to cope with many adversities, e.g. physical symptoms, limitations in food and fluid intake, changes in their body image, work and economic status, social roles, activity levels, self-image, health status and normal routines, while their control over treatment cannot always be predicte. Such constraints are expected to affect the patientsâ life and physical as well as social functioning, leading them to reconsider their personal and professional goals within the context of living with a chronic illness. Spirituality refers to an attempt to understand the meaning and purpose of life; it may or may not involve organized religion and it may or may not involve a belief in a higher being. The relationship between spirituality and health care has been receiving increasing attention recently. This interest in spirituality has occurred because of a variety of reasons. Importantly, several studies have demonstrated that there is relationship between spirituality and clinical outcomes. Moreover, the spiritual concerns of patients has been emphasized as the development of palliative care programmes has expanded.
The Relationship between Religion/Spirituality and Mental Health in Patients on Maintenance Dialysis.
Paraskevi Theofilou et al
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