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New study looks at spirituality of older people

12 December 2018

Andrea Nagle
Andrea Nagle.

Darling Downs Health executive director for nursing and midwifery, Andrea Nagle, is leading a study into the spirituality of older people.

The study is being conducted in conjunction with Meaningful Ageing Australia and the University of Southern Queensland.

The study looks at the spirituality of older people in residential aged-care facilities, and impact these beliefs could have on their care.

"The project has personal meaning for me and I am excited to be able to explore what spirituality means to our residents," Ms Nagle said.

"I am confident improving our knowledge in this area will lead us to provide more holistic care, taking in all needs of our older generation and provide guidance and direction to our staff as providers of care."

Project coordinator Dr Laurie Lepherd of the University of Southern Queensland said the study involved interviewing 30 residents in aged-care facilities across the Darling Downs.

"The study encourages them to express their spirituality in their own words, based on some carefully designed questions," Dr Lepherd said.

The Exploring Spirituality With Older People (ESWOP) study has been partly funded by the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and Pure Land Learning College.

Last updated: 21 December 2018