Learning to respect a patient's spiritual needs concerning an unknown infectious disease

Huey Ming Tzeng, Chang Yi Yin

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This article aims to help readers to learn about health care related cultural and religious beliefs and spiritual needs in Chinese communities. The recall diary of a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-infected intern working in Hoping Hospital in Taiwan during the 2003 SARS epidemic is presented and used to assist in understanding one patient's spiritual activities when personally confronted with this newly emerging infectious disease. The article also gives an overview of the 2003 SARS epidemic in Taiwan, and discusses people's general perceptions towards infectious diseases, their coping strategies concerning disease, and their spiritual beliefs, the psychological impact of the 2003 SARS outbreak in Chinese communities, Chinese myths about infectious disease, and the religious activities of a SARS-infected intern in Taiwan. Recommendations are given on how to achieve quality holistic nursing care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Ethics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • Folk religion
  • Newly emerging infectious diseases
  • Nursing care
  • SARS
  • Spiritual needs
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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