Practical Application of Spirituality in Terminally Ill Patients

  • Kyung Bong Koh


Spiritual well-being and meaning have been demonstrated to play central roles as buffering agents, protecting against depression, hopelessness, and desire for hastened death among terminally ill cancer patients. Spiritual history helps physicians recognize the spiritual needs of patients. Meaning-centered group psychotherapy may help patients with advanced cancer sustain or enhance a sense of meaning, peace, and purpose in their lives. Medical providers can have a crucial role in spiritual assessment and pastoral care referral. In this respect, an interdisciplinary approach is important in palliative care. The need for education of physicians for spiritual care and the importance of integrating pastoral care into multidisciplinary medical teams will be more emphasized in the future.


Spiritual history Spiritual needs Meaning-centered group psychotherapy Advanced cancer Spiritual assessment Pastoral care referral Interdisciplinary approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyung Bong Koh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulKorea

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