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Spiritual well-being, self-transcendence, and spiritual practices among Filipino women with breast cancer

, Kathyrine A. Calong Calong
Palliative and Supportive Care pp 1-4; doi:10.1017/s1478951521000079

Abstract: Objective The study was conducted in order to determine the relationship between spiritual well-being and self-transcendence and to identify the spiritual practices utilized by Filipino patients who are recovering from breast cancer. Methods A descriptive correlational study was used, and a purposive sampling technique was utilized to select the participants in the study. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires and were analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation, and Pearson's r correlation. Results The study revealed that the overall mean score of the spiritual index of well-being among the participants was 4.41 (±0.54), while the mean score of self-transcendence was 3.64 (±0.50). The results showed that there was a significant relationship between spirituality and self-transcendence among Filipino women with breast cancer. Significance of results Filipino women with breast cancer rely on their spirituality, which enables them to find meaning in their illness. Hence, assessing spirituality among this population group will enable nurses to provide holistic nursing care, as this can help them cope with the challenges associated with their illness.
Keywords: Self-transcendence / Spiritual practices / Spirituality

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