The role of religiosity as a coping resource for relatives of critically ill patients in Greece

Plakas, Sotirios, Boudioni, Markella, Fouka, Georgia and Taket, Ann 2011, The role of religiosity as a coping resource for relatives of critically ill patients in Greece, Contemporary nurse, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 95-105.

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Title The role of religiosity as a coping resource for relatives of critically ill patients in Greece
Author(s) Plakas, Sotirios
Boudioni, Markella
Fouka, Georgia
Taket, Ann
Journal name Contemporary nurse
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Start page 95
End page 105
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 1037-6178
Keyword(s) experiences
distress
families
coping
religiosity
intensive care unit
Summary Critical care hospitalisation is emotionally overwhelming for the relatives of patients. Research has shown that religiosity is an effective coping resource for people with health related problems and has been correlated with better health outcomes. However the processes by which religiosity is utilized and its ejfocts on relatives of critically ill patients have not been adequately explored. This article presents relatives' experiences and processes of religiosity; it is part of a wider grounded theory study on the experiences of critically ill patients'relatives in Greece. T wenty-jive relatives of patients in the intensive care units of three public general district hospitals in Athens, Greece, participated in 19 interviews. Religiosity was found tv be the main source of hope, strength and courage for relatives and was expressed with church/monastery attendance, belief in God, praying. and performing religious rituals. Health care professionals should pay attention and understand these aspects of coping.
Language eng
Field of Research 110310 Intensive Care
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, eContent Management Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036727

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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