Hospice workers perceptions and understanding of spirituality and spiritual care.
This study aimed to determine hospice workers' perceptions, understanding of and attitudes to spirituality, spiritual care and religion. In order to test the hypotheses, attitude scales and a semi-structured interview schedule was used. A sample of 73 was obtained from various hospices around KwaZulu-Natal who completed the Spiritual and Spiritual Care Rating Scale (SSCRS), the Spirituality and Religious Attitude and Practice Scale and a short questionnaire measuring biographical information, work history and issues relating to spirituality / religion and training. The study found that study participants were aware that there were differences between spirituality and religion but had a difficulty differentiating between the two concepts. They considered themselves to be spiritual and that spirituality was relevant in their personal and professional lives. The implications of the findings are discussed.