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Interprofessional spiritual care in oncology: a literature review
  1. Christina M Puchalski1,
  2. Andrea Sbrana2,
  3. Betty Ferrell3,
  4. Najmeh Jafari1,
  5. Stephen King4,
  6. Tracy Balboni5,
  7. Guido Miccinesi6,
  8. Anna Vandenhoeck7,
  9. Michael Silbermann8,
  10. Lodovico Balducci9,
  11. Julianna Yong10,
  12. Andrea Antonuzzo11,
  13. Alfredo Falcone2,
  14. Carla Ida Ripamonti12
  1. 1 George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
  2. 2 Department of Translational Research, Polo Oncologico, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  3. 3 Division of Nursing Research and Education City of Hope, Duarte, California, USA
  4. 4 Spiritual Health, Child Life, and Clinical Patient Navigators, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, Washington, USA
  5. 5 Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality–Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  6. 6 Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Cancer Network, Prevention and Research Institute-ISPRO, Florence, Italy
  7. 7 European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare, Theology and Religious Studies KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  8. 8 Middle East Cancer Consortium, Haifa, Israel
  9. 9 Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, USA
  10. 10 College of Nursing, WHO Collaborating Centre for Training in Hospice and Palliative Care, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  11. 11 Polo Oncologico, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana, Pisa, Italy
  12. 12 Oncology-Supportive Care Unit, Department of Oncology-Haematology, Fondazione IRCCS, Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carla Ida Ripamonti; carla.ripamonti{at}


Spiritual care is recognised as an essential element of the care of patients with serious illness such as cancer. Spiritual distress can result in poorer health outcomes including quality of life. The American Society of Clinical Oncology and other organisations recommend addressing spiritual needs in the clinical setting. This paper reviews the literature findings and proposes recommendations for interprofessional spiritual care.

  • spiritual care
  • interprofessional
  • cancer patients

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the preparation and drafting of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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