Spirituality and HIV/AIDS Patients Research Paper by Nicky

A research paper on the meaning and role of spirituality in HIV/AIDS patients.
# 151137 | 1,850 words | 9 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper explores spirituality and religion and its role in patient care and focuses on two sets of research studies; one on spirituality in the healthcare profession and the other on the effects of spirituality and religion on patient outcomes. The paper highlights how the research into the study of spirituality on the quality of life and clinical outcome of patients with HIV/AIDS is a relatively new area, but it does suggest that attention to spirituality and religion play an important role in improving the quality of life for patients with HIV/AIDS.

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From the Paper:

"The first set of research studies attempts to define research methods and develop an operative definition of spiritually that can be used for research into spirituality and care of HIV/AIDS patients. This is an important step for future research into the topic area. Many of these studies used qualitative and comparative methods as their chosen methodology. This is largely due to the subject matter and the need to define it in non-numerical terms . Qualitative methods were an appropriate choice for this group of research studies, as it attempts to explore the many topic areas that could be included in this area. This method provided the flexibility needed to explore meanings that go beyond the anticipated outcome.
"Spirituality represents and important aspect of life for persons with potential life-shortening illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS. Using content analysis, responses from both those with HIV and healthy adults were compared. The sample population consisted of three groups, two test groups and one control group. Content analysis of the responses of these three groups revealed six emergent themes in the content: spiritual belief in God, spirituality as a source of help, spirituality as a source, spirituality expressed through actions such as prayer or meditation, God is present and giving, and spirituality as one's essence or center (Tuck & Thinganjana, 2007). Various definitions of spirituality emerged in the responses. Qualitative studies focused on definition."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chang, B., Boehmer, U., & Zhao, Y. et al. (2007). The Combined Effect of Relaxation Response and Acupuncture on Quality of Life in Patients with HIV: A Pilot Study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 13 (8): 807-815.
  • Cotton, S., Puchalski, C., & Sherman, S. et al. (2006). Spirituality and Religion in Patients with HIV/AIDS. . Journal of General Internal Medicine: S5-S13.
  • Grimsley, L. (2006). Spirituality and Quality of Life in HIV-Positive Persons. Journal of Cultural Diversity. 13 (2): 113-118.
  • Hermann, C. (2007). The Degree to Which Spiritual Needs of Patients Near the end of Life Are Met. Oncology Nursing Forum. 34 (1): 70-78.
  • Leeuwen, L., Tiesinga, L. & Post, D. et al. (2006). Spiritual care: implications or nurses' professional responsibility. The Authors Journal Compilation. Blackwell Publishing: 875- 884. . doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01615.x

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