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Spiritual care in incurable cancer: physician views
  1. Dennis Poon1 and
  2. Jia Wei Tang2
  1. 1Gastroenterology, Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln, UK
  2. 2Clinical Oncology, Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dennis Poon, Gastroenterology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK; dpoon{at}

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Palliative care is increasingly important in modern medicine; although patient symptoms are often well addressed by clinicians, spiritual support remains neglected.1 Addressing religious and spiritual needs can have a positive impact on patients’ well-being and quality of life,2 and care could be improved by actively involving the local chaplaincy as patients’ spiritual needs are more likely to be addressed and met when they interact with the local chaplaincy services.3 To explore doctors’ awareness of local chaplaincy services and views on spiritual support in caring for patients with advanced cancers, we surveyed in 2018 in Lincoln County …

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally.

  • 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 Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.