Spirituality in men with advanced prostate cancer: 'It's a holistic thing ... It's a package'

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Lepherd, Laurence. 2014. "Spirituality in men with advanced prostate cancer: 'It's a holistic thing ... It's a package'." Journal of Holistic Nursing. 32 (2), pp. 89-101. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898010113504492
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Spirituality in men with advanced prostate cancer: 'It's a holistic thing ... It's a package'

ERA Journal ID14111
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorLepherd, Laurence
Journal TitleJournal of Holistic Nursing
Journal Citation32 (2), pp. 89-101
Number of Pages13
Year2014
ISSN0898-0101
1552-5724
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0898010113504492
Web Address (URL)http://jhn.sagepub.com/content/32/2/89.abstract
Abstract

Spirituality is often regarded as being helpful during an unwell person’s journey but definitions of the concept can be confusing, and its use synonymously with religion can be misleading. This research sought to answer the question, 'What is the nature of spirituality in men with advanced prostate cancer',and to discover the role spirituality may have in these men as they face the challenges of living with their disease. A qualitative approach and narrative method was used to explore the spirituality of
nine men with advanced prostate cancer who volunteered to participate and to tell the story of their cancer journey with particular focus on their spirituality. The study found that spirituality for these men, who were all Caucasians, was a 'holistic thing' that involved physical, psychosocial, and spiritual matters that enabled them to transcend the everyday difficulties of their journey. Through their spirituality they obtained greater comfort and peace of mind during what was for many of them a very traumatic time. The central theme in the men’s stories was that of connectedness—to themselves, to their partners, sometimes to a higher being, to other people such as their family and friends, and to other aspects of their lives.

Keywordsspirituality; prostate cancer; connectedness; holistic; transcendence
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020509999. Other philosophy and religious studies not elsewhere classified
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSenior Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Office
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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