Title

A Qualitative Study of the Emotional and Spiritual Needs of Hispanic Families in Hospice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2-2017

Publication Title

Palliative and Supportive Care

Volume

17

First page number:

150

Last page number:

158

Abstract

Background: As the older U.S. population becomes more ethnically diverse, there will be an increased need for culturally sensitive hospice care services. Hispanics often experience multiple barriers to quality end-of-life care services. Objective: To address the underlying disparities in the cultural, emotional, and spiritual aspects of hospice care, the objective of the present qualitative study was to examine the emotional and spiritual needs of Hispanic patients' families while in hospice. Method: Semistructured in-person interviews were conducted with 29 Hispanic patients' families regarding their perceived experience of the hospice-based emotional and spiritual support received. Demographic information was collected on both the family member and the patient. Interviews were digitally recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using thematic content analysis. Results: Participant narratives fell into five main themes: (1) the influence of Hispanic culture in the relationship with hospice care providers; (2) types of social support received from hospice; (3) barriers to receiving support; (4) lack of health literacy regarding hospice care; and (5) cultural preferences for religious/spiritual support in hospice. Significance of Results: Our results provide insight into the specific emotional and spiritual needs of Hispanic families receiving hospice services. Our findings highlight that cultural values play an important role in the hospice care experiences of Hispanic families.

Keywords

Hispanic; Hospice; End of Life; Emotional support; Spirituality

Disciplines

Chicana/o Studies | Palliative Care | Religion

Language

English

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