Spiritual care is an essential domain of palliative care and it has been included in the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of palliative care for almost 15 years. Even though its influence on quality of life is widely recognized, spiritual care has been the most neglected component of palliative care for a long time. However, in recent years, initiatives including progress at national levels have been established to promote the integration of this dimension of palliative care in research and clinical care. Growing evidence supports the importance of spiritual care at the end of life and its positive effects on patients’ quality of life have been reported across age groups and patient groups/medical conditions.
In recognition of this important field, BMC Palliative Care has launched this Collection which encourages submissions including but not limited to those addressing:
- Assessment of spiritual needs in life threatening illnesses/end of life
- Assessment of spiritual distress in threatening illnesses/end of life
- Relationship between spiritual support and the other components of palliative and end of life care
- Effectiveness of spiritual care in palliative care
- Spiritual support to palliative care patients and to those around them
- Interventions to implement the integration of spiritual care in palliative care
- Person spiritual awareness and its influence on clinical practice
This Collection is now open for submissions!
The Collection welcomes Research Article submissions. Review Articles will be considered at the discretion of the Journal’s Editor. If you would like to submit a Review Article for consideration, please first email Chiara Cilibrasi, Editor of BMC Palliative Care. Please note that unsolicited reviews will not be considered as per our submission guidelines.
Data sets and descriptions relevant to the Collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final Collection.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select “Spirituality in Palliative Care” from the dropdown menu.
Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.
If accepted for publication, an article processing charges applies. Please click here to find out about our standard waiver policy.
Submission deadline: 31st of May 2023.