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An understanding of spirituality and spiritual care among people from Chinese backgrounds: a grounded theory study

Niu, Y, MCSHERRY, Wilfred and Patridge, M (2020) An understanding of spirituality and spiritual care among people from Chinese backgrounds: a grounded theory study. Journal Of Advanced Nursing. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1365-2648

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Abstract or description

Aim

To investigate the meaning of spirituality and spiritual care among people from Chinese backgrounds living in England.

Design

Strauss and Corbin’s grounded theory design was used.

Method

Twenty‐five participants were recruited from Chinese community centres after which data saturation was reached in September 2016. In‐depth interviews in Chinese were carried out. Transcribed digital recordings were translated into English. Data analysis followed the techniques of open coding, axial coding, and selective coding, using NVivo11. Data collection and analysis were conducted simultaneously.

Results

Three themes emerged from the data which provide an understanding of spirituality and spiritual care in the study context: ‘essence and nature of life’, ‘driving forces’, ‘self‐support’.

Conclusion

This study provides an understanding of spirituality and spiritual care from a Chinese cultural perspective. From a Daoist tradition, spirituality is seen as essence and driving force in the human body. From a Confucian viewpoint, it appears that patients saw themselves or the ‘self’ as a supporting resource.
Impact

The knowledge gained from this study has potential to support nurses and healthcare practitioners to identify the spiritual needs of people from Chinese backgrounds and to remove some of the Chinese misconceptions Chinese people hold about spiritual care by explaining what these concepts could mean. It could also improve cultural awareness for student nurses around what constitutes spiritual care. Further research is recommended among the wider community of health and social care workers to explore spirituality and spiritual care among people from Chinese backgrounds living in England.

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Additional Information: "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Niu, Y, McSherry, W, Partridge, M. An understanding of spirituality and spiritual care among people from Chinese backgrounds: A grounded theory study. J Adv Nurs. 2020; 00: 1– 12, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jan.14474. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions."
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Nursing
Depositing User: Wilfred MCSHERRY
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 15:14
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2020 10:39
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6480

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