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

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. ISSN 0898-0101

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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to publsihed version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 00:15
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 04:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: spirituality; prostate cancer; connectedness; holistic; transcendence
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0898010113504492
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26056

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