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Spiritual care and kidney disease in NZ: perspective of the patient

3 months
Approved budget:
Mr Jonathan Feki
Health issue:
Renal and urogenital
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Kidney disease is an ever growing issue in NZ particularly for Pacific and Maori populations. Kidney disease in most cases requires long term management.Thus it requires treatment beyond that of a biopsychosocial approach but one also inclusive of 'spirituality'. This research proposes for a closer look into the provision of spiritual care in a renal based clinical setting. It looks to uncover the perspectives of renal patients' on this provision of care and their understanding of spirituality.