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Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to discover answers to frequently asked questions about spiritual care, supportive communication and the effects of prayer.

 

OBJECTIVES: After completing this independent study unit, learners will be able to:

 

1. Assess ways nurses provide comfort to terminally ill patients through supportive communication.

 

2. Identify ways to offer effective spiritual care interventions in difficult situations.

 

3. Examine research on the therapeutic effectiveness of prayer.