Advancing Spiritual Care Through Research

Physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of end-of-life trajectory among patients with advanced cancer: A phenomenological inquiry

The study examined and described the perspectives of people living with advanced cancer and the changes over time in their needs and experiences. This paper reports the accounts of 11 terminally-ill people who gave a total of 25 in-depth interviews. Participants were recruited when they began receiving home hospice care service, and they were followed up over time, as their disease progressed. Framework method was used to organize the data and identify themes. The findings highlighted that end-of-life care needs to be holistic, encompassing physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs, as well as dynamic along the course of disease progression.