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Clinicians' attitudes to spirituality in old age psychiatry.
Int Psychogeriatr 2007; 19(5):962-73IP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The aim of this survey is to investigate professional attitudes to the presence and value of spiritual care from Old Age Psychiatrists.

METHOD

All registered members of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age in the United Kingdom were asked to complete a 21-question semi-structured questionnaire. The first mail shot took place in 2002 and the second mail shot to non-respondents in 2003. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were carried out on the answers received.

RESULTS

The response rate was 46%. The majority of respondents (92%) recognize the importance of spiritual dimensions of care for older people with mental health needs and about a quarter of respondents appear to consider referring patients to the chaplaincy service. In contrast, integration of spiritual advisors within the assessment and management of individual cases is rare.

CONCLUSIONS

Opinions vary as to whether provision of spiritual care should become widely available to older people with mental health needs who are admitted to hospital. Old age psychiatrists recognize that awareness of spiritual dimensions may be important for their patients. They seem less clear about the role of spiritual advisors and how NHS multidisciplinary clinical teams and spiritual and pastoral care services can be best integrated. Much work needs to be done on developing effective training and operational policies in this area.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Old Age Psychiatry Research Group, c/o Neurodegeneration Unit, St George's, University of London London, UK. rlawrenc@sgul.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17018180

Citation

Lawrence, Robert M., et al. "Clinicians' Attitudes to Spirituality in Old Age Psychiatry." International Psychogeriatrics, vol. 19, no. 5, 2007, pp. 962-73.
Lawrence RM, Head J, Christodoulou G, et al. Clinicians' attitudes to spirituality in old age psychiatry. Int Psychogeriatr. 2007;19(5):962-73.
Lawrence, R. M., Head, J., Christodoulou, G., Andonovska, B., Karamat, S., Duggal, A., ... Eagger, S. (2007). Clinicians' attitudes to spirituality in old age psychiatry. International Psychogeriatrics, 19(5), pp. 962-73.
Lawrence RM, et al. Clinicians' Attitudes to Spirituality in Old Age Psychiatry. Int Psychogeriatr. 2007;19(5):962-73. PubMed PMID: 17018180.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Clinicians' attitudes to spirituality in old age psychiatry. AU - Lawrence,Robert M, AU - Head,Julia, AU - Christodoulou,Georgina, AU - Andonovska,Biljana, AU - Karamat,Samina, AU - Duggal,Anita, AU - Hillam,Jonathan, AU - Eagger,Sarah, Y1 - 2006/10/04/ PY - 2006/02/28/received PY - 2006/07/05/accepted PY - 2006/10/5/pubmed PY - 2008/1/26/medline PY - 2006/10/5/entrez SP - 962 EP - 73 JF - International psychogeriatrics JO - Int Psychogeriatr VL - 19 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: The aim of this survey is to investigate professional attitudes to the presence and value of spiritual care from Old Age Psychiatrists. METHOD: All registered members of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age in the United Kingdom were asked to complete a 21-question semi-structured questionnaire. The first mail shot took place in 2002 and the second mail shot to non-respondents in 2003. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were carried out on the answers received. RESULTS: The response rate was 46%. The majority of respondents (92%) recognize the importance of spiritual dimensions of care for older people with mental health needs and about a quarter of respondents appear to consider referring patients to the chaplaincy service. In contrast, integration of spiritual advisors within the assessment and management of individual cases is rare. CONCLUSIONS: Opinions vary as to whether provision of spiritual care should become widely available to older people with mental health needs who are admitted to hospital. Old age psychiatrists recognize that awareness of spiritual dimensions may be important for their patients. They seem less clear about the role of spiritual advisors and how NHS multidisciplinary clinical teams and spiritual and pastoral care services can be best integrated. Much work needs to be done on developing effective training and operational policies in this area. SN - 1041-6102 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17018180/Clinicians'_attitudes_to_spirituality_in_old_age_psychiatry_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1041610206004339/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -