Spirituality, Coping, and Resilience Among Rural Residents Living with Chronic Kidney Disease.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Spirituality, an established resource within rural America, serves as an important coping mechanism for crises of chronic illness. We examined the effects of spirituality on chronic kidney disease (CKD) maintenance in the rural community of Robeson County, North Carolina. We conducted nine focus group discussions and 16 interviews involving 80 diverse key informants impacted by CKD. As disenfranchised patients, they locally engaged in spirituality which mobilized personal and social resources and elicited support from a transcendent authority. Our participants developed a heuristic and aesthetic understanding of disease, built resilience and self-care skills, and improved overall coping and survival.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pham, TV; Beasley, CM; Gagliardi, JP; Koenig, HG; Stanifer, JW

Published Date

  • December 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 59 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 2951 - 2968

PubMed ID

  • 31392626

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6571

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10943-019-00892-w


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States