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Posted:Friday, January 13 2006

by Adam B. Cohen, Ph.D., and Harold G. Koenig, M.D.

Geriatric Times November/December 2002 Vol. III Issue 6

Spirituality in Palliative Care
Interest in religion and spirituality as a source of resilience in coping with serious physical illness has seen a dramatic increase in recent years (Koenig et al., 2001a, 2001b; Plante and Sherman, 2001). Health care professionals providing medical care to patients with serious illnesses should consider the roles that they can play in meeting patients' religious and spiritual needs. Compassionately addressing these issues may increase the health of patients and/or increase the comfort and meaning in the process of illness and the process of dying.

Posted:Wednesday, October 26 2005

by: Richard A. Mularski, MD; Carlton E. Heine, MD, PhD;
Molly L. Osborne, MD, PhD; Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH; and
J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH

Chest July 2005 Vol. 128 (1)

Quality of dying in the ICU: ratings by family members
After adjusting for symptom and personal care scores, certain whole-person and
preparation-for-death aspects of the dying process, and not aggressiveness of end-of-life care, remained the most associated to quality ratings. While future research should explore the important predictors of quality of dying in the ICU, this study suggests that care at the end of life in the ICU include not only managing pain, but also supporting dignity, respect, and peace, and maximizing patient control.