Religious care required for japanese terminally ill patients with cancer from the perspective of bereaved family members

Takuya Okamoto, Michiyo Ando, Tatsuya Morita, Kei Hirai, Ryo Kawamura, Miyashita Mitsunori, Kazuki Sato, Yasuo Shima

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The aim of this study was to explore the most suitable religious care for Japanese terminally ill patients with cancer based on the opinions of bereaved family members. A multicenter questionnaire survey on palliative care service was sent to 592 bereaved family members of patients with cancer who were admitted to palliative care units in Japan, and 430 responded by mail. In the section of the questionnaire about religious care, 382 responses were used for quantitative analysis, and 71 responses about religious care for qualitative analysis. In the current study, the 71 responses were grouped into families with and without a religion and were analyzed qualitatively. Families with a religion (N = 28) chose answers such as "Instrumental care" such as music or a religious event, "Freedom of choice of kinds for religious care," "Staff involvement of religious care," "Meeting with a pastoral care workers," and "Burden of offering a different kind of personal religion." In contrast, families without a religion (N = 44) chose answers such as "Instrumental care," "Freedom of choice whether patients receive religious care or not," "Spiritual care," "Not being able to accept religious care," and "Burden of thinking about a religion and nuisance." These findings suggest that Japanese bereaved families with a religion generally regard religious care positively and prefer care through their own religion, whereas some families without a religion require religious care but some do not prefer it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb 1


  • Bereaved families
  • Cancer
  • Japanese
  • Qualitative study
  • Religious care
  • Terminal


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