Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Nursing issues
Families may benefit from spiritual care in acute settings when loved ones are coming to the end of their lives
  1. Paul Boland1,
  2. Zoe Geddes2,
  3. James Hill3
  1. 1 Research Support Team, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK
  2. 2 Neuro-oncology, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, Lancashire, UK
  3. 3 Health Technology Assessment Group, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK
  1. Correspondence to James Hill, Health Technology Assessment Group, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK; jehill1{at}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Commentary on: Hennessy N, Neenan K, Brady V, et al. End of life in acute hospital setting—A systematic review of families' experience of spiritual care. J Clin Nurs 2020;29:1041–52.

Implications for practice and research

  • Communication, collaboration and facilitation are essential when providing good spiritual care.

  • Future research should focus on barriers and facilitators of spiritual care within the acute hospital setting.


Over half of the deaths in the UK occur in acute hospital settings.1 However, compared with palliative care in hospices and palliative care settings, evidence for end-of-life care in the acute hospital setting is less consistent and developed,2 with the majority of this research focusing on the experiences of patients and healthcare providers3 rather than from a families’ perspective. Therefore, this review sought to examine families’ experiences of spiritual care at the end of life in the acute hospital setting.3


This qualitative …

View Full Text


  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.