Balboni: State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research

As discussed in Part I of the State of the Science in Spirituality in Palliative Care (SOS- SPC), there are notable relationships between spiritual domains and palliative care outcomes among patients and family members. The recommendations outlined in the summary in Part I, Table 3, highlight the critical methodological challenges together with key gaps in outcomes research. By employing definitional and methodological rigor, the field of palliative care can address these gaps and further the understanding of how spirituality, in its multidimensional complexity, relates to palliative care outcomes.

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