Patients’ Needs of Religion/Spirituality Integration in Two Mental Health Clinics in the Netherlands

Joke C. van Nieuw Amerongen-Meeuse*, Hanneke Schaap-Jonker, Christina Hennipman-Herweijer, Christa Anbeek, Arjan W. Braam

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INTRODUCTION: In the last decades, the attention for religion/spirituality (R/S) in mental health care (MHC) has considerably increased. However, patients' preferences concerning R/S in treatment have not often been investigated. The aim of this study was to find out how patients in clinical multidisciplinary MHC want R/S to be addressed in their care.
Thirty-five semi-structured interviews were carried out between September 2015 and July 2016 among patients in a secular and a Christian MHC in the Netherlands. Qualitative inductive content analysis was performed, using Atlas Ti.
Patients appreciated (1) individual R/S conversations between patients and care team members (mainly nurses), (2) a familiar R/S environment, (3) a special R/S program and (4) contact with their R/S network. Patients varied in their presentation of R/S care needs from (a) explicit, mostly in the Christian MHC, to (b) implicit, predominantly in the secular MHC, or showed (c) hidden R/S care needs. A non-acute stage of the illness and R/S affinity of the mental health professionals, were classified as possible conditions for addressing R/S.
Nurses are recommended to be aware of the diversity of patients' R/S care needs. Actively addressing R/S may help in recognizing implicit or even hidden R/S care needs. Further considerations on whether and how to respond to patients' R/S care needs would be justified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number1
Early online date1 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


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