Attending to The Spiritual Needs of Children with Chronic Diseases


  • Chalida Thanattheerakul Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University.


spirituality, children, chronic disease


                Children with chronic diseases who spend their time in and out of hospitals are usually deeply affected by their illnesses. If these children receive high quality personalized care, especially spiritual care form nurses who are closest to the children, they will be more capable of handling the situation more appropriately. In other words, these children will gain spiritual well-being. In contrast, when this type of personalized quality care is lacking, the children will experience spiritual distress. This article presents a case study carried out through O’Brien’s framework in order to analyze and illustrate the nurse’s role in helping to attend to the spiritual needs of children with chronic diseases.


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