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Spiritual care

This Spiritual Care module is part of the VUCCnet elearning course in palliative care which has been developed in partnership with the African Palliative Care Association and Cardiff University. Experts in palliative care from across Africa and the UK have contributed to ensure this module is contextualised to the sub-Saharan cancer profile and resource setting.

Please click here for ecancer's special issue focusing on palliative care in Africa, featuring five original articles from on-the-ground experts, and an editorial by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Professor Anne Merriman.

This module was published in November 2013.

Spiritual care
0 CME Points

Target audience

Multi-disciplinary African healthcare professionals.

Learning objectives

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between religion and spirituality to a group of colleagues.
  • Describe the 4 elements of the FICA tool.
  • Give examples of the sorts of questions you might ask a patient if you were using the FICA tool.
  • Develop an effective management plan for the next patient you encounter.


This module was funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency - Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy.