The Spiritual Wellbeings of Cancer Patients in Turkey and Affecting Variables

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Z. A., Uğur Ö.

Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi, vol.14, no.2, pp.147-154, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


Aim: Spirituality has so many advantage such as preventing ,healing and dealing with illness and also furthering health. This searching aims to identify cancer patient’s spiritual wellbeing conditions and their spiritual care necessity and also draw attention to spirituality when care is planned. Material and Methods: The population are made up of 100 patients who are treated in hematology – oncology clinic in Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University Health Practice And Research Hospital. The study data was collected by using the ‘’Questionnaire for Identifying the Spiritual Well-Beings of Patients Diagnosed with Cancer’’ and ECOG Performance Scale. The descriptive statistical methods were used for evaluation of data; the nonparametric tests (Mann-Whitney U test, Kruskal Wallis H test) were used since the survey and sub-dimensions did not show a normal distribution. Results: When it is examined how the patients in high level, 66.0 percent of patients have always the same spiritual necessity with the diagnosis, 39.0 percent of patients pray being a spiritual necessity, 85.0 percent of patients don’t share any spiritual necessity with healthcare personnels. With the results of the highest susceptibility and the lowest specificity, is identified being 2.47 break point. According to this point, the spiritual wellbeing level of patients who take part in this searching is found in the highest degree with 2.53. Conclusion:According to these results; it is detected that our patients have the highest spiritual wellbeing status but they are not able to talk enough with the healthcare professionals.