Soul Matters: The Spiritual Dimension within Healthcare

Author: Mabel Aghadiuno

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  • ISBN: 9781846191664
  • Author: Mabel Aghadiuno
  • Publ Date: 2010-01-22
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 192
  • Imprint: RADCLIFFE MEDICAL PR *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 16426

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In recent years many have come to believe that Western medicine has lost contact with 'holistic' conceptions of health as encompassing physical emotional intellectual social and spiritual dimensions. 'Spiritual' may imply religious or faith-based values or experience but also non-material factors such as an appreciation of natural beauty art music moral values or beliefs from which a person draws meaning and a sense of transcendence. Equally many people are unaware of a spiritual dimension to life and health until illness or trauma strikes. However coming to terms with life events deriving meaning from them and incorporating them into their life philosophy may then be experienced as a deep spiritual crisis with ramifications in their wider health and implications for the health professionals who treat them. This book considers the meaning of holistic health care and explores the spiritual dimension of health through the narratives of fictional and non-fictional patients. It discusses how to discern when a patient's distress has a spiritual dimension the implications of this for health professionals and ways in which spiritual factors can be addressed and discussed within healthcare.


 

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