What Are the Perceptions and Experiences of Care Delivery Among Faith Community Nurses? A Systematic Review

Catherine Paterson, Eric Owusu, John Rolley

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Objective: This systematic review set out to identify the unique perceptions and experiences of care delivery among faith community nurses (FCNs). Data Sources: This review was conducted and has been reported using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. The search was conducted using the following databases, Medline (OVID), EmCare for Nurses (OVID), PsycINFO (OVID), CINAHL (EBSCO), Cochrane, and PubMed. The search strategies included the use of truncations, adjacency search parameters, and Boolean operators using a range of key search terms. Predetermined eligibility criteria were applied to all studies. The review process was managed using Covidence systematic review software. Data extraction and quality assessment was conducted across all included studies. Data were analyzed using a narrative synthesis approach. Conclusion: This review has made an important contribution by identifying the role that FCNs play in care delivery as trusted members of their communities who act as a conduit at the intersect of faith and health care. Irrespective of the location or faith denomination, what was common to FCNs was that they delivered care to address the physical, psychological, spiritual, congregational, communication, health system, and family-related needs of those in their care. Implications for Nursing Practice: The nurses represented in the included studies expressed concerns that patients experienced unmet supportive care needs because of a fragmented and highly complex existing health care system. Often, FCNs provided a valuable contribution in supporting patients in their care pathways and facilitated continuity of care among people who lived with preexisting comorbidities and who had complex health care needs. Further research is needed to understand the role that faith community nursing models might have in cancer care from the perspective of patients and other members of the multidisciplinary team across different international contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number151211
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


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