Religious beliefs and practices of taiwanese parents of pediatric patients with cancer

Chao Hsing Yeh

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The aim of this study was to increase understanding of religious beliefs and practices among Taiwanese parents of pediatric patients. Parents of 63 pediatric patients with cancer were interviewed to explore their related religious beliefs and practices, ie, worship at temple, drawing Chien, and divinations. Rituals were used to diminish the harmful effects of the child's disease, such as temple ceremonies, changing the child's name, and taking "Fu" water. Such practices were generally undertaken with a lack of medical guidance from oncologists largely because of poor interactions between parents and oncologists. The findings suggest that discovering a caregiver's worldview and cultural values is important to establish holistic nursing practices. Because immigrants increasingly move around the world, Taiwanese parents become a culturally diverse clientele for healthcare professionals who have to be aware of the existing cultural differences in healthcare values, patterns, and practices, particularly between Western and Eastern cultures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-482
Number of pages7
JournalCancer nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese culture
  • Parents of pediatric patients with cancer
  • Religious beliefs and practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)


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