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CALDEIRA, Sílvia; CASTELO BRANCO, Zita  e  VIEIRA, Margarida. Spirituality in nursing care: a review of scientific publication in Portugal. Rev. Enf. Ref. [online]. 2011, vol.serIII, n.5, pp.145-152. ISSN 0874-0283.

Context: research and publication, in the international scientific scene, about spirituality and health have been growing since the 90s, particularly in nursing care. Objectives: to identify and analyze Portuguese scientific publications in nursing, bioethics and health journals, from 1990 to July 2010. Method: manual and electronic searches in Portuguese nursing journals, bioethics journal and health journal, a total of 21 titles. Results: the sample was constituted by 17 papers retrieved from 1217 issues searched. Those were: nine concept analysis papers, four research papers, two personal reflection papers and two systematic reviews. The analysis allowed us to categorize spirituality in two dimensions the human dimension of the healthy or ill person and the caring dimension. Conclusions: scientific publication about spirituality in nursing care, released in Portugal, is represented mostly by reflection papers and theoretical reviews. The quantity of empirical studies is smaller. Besides the development of research in this area, it is important that publication is to be accomplished in national journals in order to achieve effective knowledge dissemination.

Palavras-chave : nursing care; spirituality; nursing.

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