Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 65–70

Spiritual needs in cancer patients and spiritual care based on logotherapy

  • Wataru Noguchi
  • Satoshi Morita
  • Tatsuya Ohno
  • Okihiko Aihara
  • Hirohiko Tsujii
  • Kojiro Shimozuma
  • Eisuke Matsushima
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00520-005-0827-2

Cite this article as:
Noguchi, W., Morita, S., Ohno, T. et al. Support Care Cancer (2006) 14: 65. doi:10.1007/s00520-005-0827-2

Abstract

Background

The suitability of Frankl’s logotherapy for the spiritual care (psychotherapy) of cancer patients in Japan is suggested. Using Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy–Spiritual (FACIT-Sp, Japanese version), the Purpose in Life test (PIL test, Japanese version), and WHO-Subjective Inventory (WHO-SUBI, Japanese version), we attempted to elucidate the complicated structure of spirituality in cancer patients in order to identify possible approaches to their spiritual care and means of evaluating such care.

Materials

Two hundred and ninety-eight cancer patients participated in the study. All three tests were taken at the same time, and the results were evaluated by principal component analysis.

Results

It was demonstrated that all the subscales employed in the present study could be represented by a two-dimensional structure (two principal components), and that the FACIT-Sp and PIL tests have similar contents.

Discussion

FACIT-Sp (Japanese version) is very similar in conception to the PIL test, which was prepared in accordance with logotherapy. The results suggest that this test can serve as an adequate evaluation scale for measuring the effectiveness of spiritual care based on Frankl’s logotherapy.

Keywords

Quality of lifeSpiritualityFACIT-SpLogotherapy

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© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wataru Noguchi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Satoshi Morita
    • 4
  • Tatsuya Ohno
    • 2
  • Okihiko Aihara
    • 1
  • Hirohiko Tsujii
    • 2
  • Kojiro Shimozuma
    • 5
  • Eisuke Matsushima
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Liaison Psychiatry and Palliative MedicineGraduate School of Tokyo Medical and Dental UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Research Center Hospital for Charged Particle TherapyNational Institute of Radiological SciencesChibaJapan
  3. 3.Onda daini HospitalChibaJapan
  4. 4.Department of Epidemiology and Healthcare ResearchKyoto University Graduate School of MedicineKyotoJapan
  5. 5.Faculty of Service Industries, Department of Hospital and Welfare ServiceUniversity of Marketing and Distribution SciencesKobeJapan