Interdisciplinary Approach to Enhance the Quality of Spiritual Care for Chronically Ill Patients and Elderly

Duration of the project

01.07.2018. - 30.11.2018.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Witten/Herdecke University
Technical University of Munich
Tartu Health Care College

Aim of the project

To arrange study visits at Witten/Herdecke University and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

To organise local workshops for student nurses and nurse educators, clinical nurses and their managers with the focus on spiritual needs of chronically ill patients and elderly – research evidence, spiritual needs identification and assessment strategy, quality of spiritual care using interdisciplinary approaches, spiritual care competences.

Lecturers from Germany: Arndt Büssing and dr.Gabriele Stotz-Ingenlath.

This exchange of perspectives and cultural differences was important to develop own competences and for an early dissemination of the topic in education and clinical practice.

Main activities of the project

Study visit in Germany, Witten/Herdecke University, Faculty of Health in August 2018.

Local workshop for student nurses and nurse educators at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania, November, 2018

Local workshop for clinical nurses and nurse managers at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania, November, 2018

Target group and number of persons involved


Lithuanian nursing researchers (8)

Lithuanian nurse educators (9)

Lithuanian student nurses, first cycle (30)

Lithuanian student nurses, second cycle (15)

Estonian student nurses, first and second cycle (4)

Estonian nurse educators (2)

Lithuanian clinical nurses and ward managers (27)


Patients in Lithuania and Estonia (900)