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I think that spirituality is always inside you, but before I did not have time to seek my spirituality, but now that I am not doing anything, I have time to sit and explore my spirituality. So you see, we do have it inside us but it is when you find it and concentrate on it.Research carried out within the Scottish Borders Stroke Study found that the majority of stroke patients (66%) felt that their spiritual health was important or very important to their overall well being.

The same questionnaire revealed that a low percentage of patients, less than 6%, felt that they had received spiritual support from the health care service.

Recent qualitative research has identified a process of spiritual recovery associated with sudden onset disability caused by stroke. Transformational coping is a vital step in the journey of recovery undertaken by stroke patients and their carers in terms of regaining their sense of well-being. This process of growing through experience, towards well being, can be supported and facilitated through a relationship of mutuality, respect and compassion and the use of active listening.

The research also found that the physical environment of a very clinical hospital setting, which offers little privacy and dignity, felt oppressive to patients at a time when they were struggling to regain their sense of personhood and worth.

Further Research

Further research was carried out, on behalf of the Scottish Executive, which investigated the spiritual component of other forms of sudden and rogressive disabilities, including Mutliple Sclerosis, Head Injury and Heart Attack. Read the report:

Research Methodology

A qualitative research methodology emerged, which is suited for discerning the spiritual compnent of specific illnesses. The methodology has been published in the Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy.

This document is hosted on the Scottish Association of Chaplains in Healthcare website.