Spiritual support during COVID-19 in England: a scoping study of online sources

Papadopoulos, Irena ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6291-4332, Lazzarino, Runa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4206-4913, Wright, Steve, Ellis Logan, Poppy and Koulouglioti, Christina (2021) Spiritual support during COVID-19 in England: a scoping study of online sources. Journal of Religion and Health, 60 (4) . pp. 2209-2230. ISSN 0022-4197 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s10943-021-01254-1)

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Spiritual support is a key element of holistic care, and better healthcare professionals training and stronger strategic guidelines become urgent in light of health disasters and emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, the aim of this study was to explore spiritual support provision within mass and social media and the websites of spiritual leaders, institutions and NHS chaplaincy units during COVID-19 in England, between March and May 2020. A scoping review design informed by Levac and colleagues’ five-staged framework was adopted, and adapted with a multi-strategy search to scope the different domains of online sources. Results revealed that spiritual support for dying patients, their families, health care staff, spiritual leaders and chaplains, had to be drastically reduced, both in quality and quantity, as well as being provided via different technological devices or domestic symbolic actions. No mention was found of a central strategy for the provision of spiritual support. This study points to the importance of developing centralized strategies to prepare healthcare systems and professionals in relation to spiritual support provision, both routinely and during health disasters and emergencies. Further research will have to explore innovative practices, in particular the role of digital technologies, in spiritual support provision.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: A correction to this article was published on 12 May 2021: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01274-x
Keywords (uncontrolled): Bedside spiritual support, COVID-19, England, Hospitalised patients, Spirituality
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 32953
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Religion and Health. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01254-1
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Depositing User: Runa Lazzarino
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 07:57
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2021 04:50
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32953

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