Spiritual Needs and Influencing Factors of Indonesian Muslims With Cancer During Hospitalization

Lenni Sastra, Arndt Büssing, Ching Huey Chen, Miaofen Yen, Esther Ching Lan Lin

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Introduction: Although Muslims constitute nearly one fourth of the global population, many non-Muslims are not familiar with Islam. To address this unique need from such a specific cultural context, the present study aimed to examine the spiritual needs and influencing factors of Indonesian Muslims with cancer. Method: A cross-sectional research design with 122 cancer patients was conducted by using the Bahasa-version Spiritual Needs Questionnaire. Results: The degree of spiritual needs was generally high. Religious needs were the strongest aspect, and “praying five times a day” was the highest scoring item. Gender (p =.04), age (p =.01), and duration of being diagnosed with cancer (p =.01) were associated with spiritual needs. Female gender (p =.005) and older age (p <.001) were predictors of spiritual needs. Discussion: As expected to provide cultural-congruent spiritual interventions, nurses could meet Muslim patients’ need to pray five times a day during hospitalization, thus help them manage and endure the illness.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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